Can You Get a Labetalol Prescription Online?
Do you have high blood pressure? If so, you may be interested in taking labetalol. First, you should know everything about it so that you have a better idea of whether labetalol is the right choice for you, which is why we’ve created this guide.
Let’s talk about what labetalol is, how it works, its benefits and side effects, who shouldn’t take labetalol, and if you can get a labetalol prescription online.
What is Labetalol?
Labetalol (also known by the brand names of Normodyne and Trandate) is a beta-blocker, which reduces blood pressure and lessens your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, or other problems related to high blood pressure.
How Does Labetalol Work?
As with other beta-blockers, labetalol works by slowing the heart rate and relaxing blood vessels. This decreases blood pressure and improves blood flow. This decreased blood pressure and improved blood flow reduces your odds of having a stroke or heart attack.
Labetalol Dosage and Treatment
Your dosage of labetalol will vary based on your condition. The usual starting dose is 100 mg twice per day. For most people, the dosage will be increased every 2-3 days until they reach a good maintenance dosage, which is usually 200-400 mg twice per day. You may need to have your blood pressure monitored until an appropriate dosage is reached.
Benefits of Labetalol
The benefits of labetalol include reduced blood pressure. Since high blood pressure increases your risk of kidney problems, stroke, or heart attack, Labetalol can decrease that risk.
Side Effects of Labetalol
Like any medication, labetalol carries a risk of causing side effects. Your doctor will only prescribe you labetalol if they decide that the risk of side effects is less than the potential benefits of the medication. Some potential side effects you could experience with labetalol include:
- Upset stomach
- Tingly feeling in your scalp
- Stuffy nose
- Cold feet or hands
- Decreased sexual ability such as erectile dysfunction
- Mood or mental changes
- Slow heart rate or weak pulse
- Slow breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid weight gain
- Dangerously high blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Severe allergic reaction
If you’re experiencing the side effects above talk to your doctor to see if your dosage should be reduced or discontinued.
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Considerations and Precautions of Labetalol
While labetalol is generally considered safe, it isn’t right for everybody. Always tell your doctor about your current medications and past and present medical history to prevent potentially serious complications.
Labetalol may cause serious reactions when taken with certain medications. Talk to your doctor about all the medications you take, including supplements, vitamins, and over the counter medications. You may need to avoid taking labetalol or change the usual dosage of one or more medications. Labetalol is more likely to react to these medications:
- A bronchodilator like albuterol, formoterol, or salmeterol
- An antidepressant like amitriptyline, doxepin, desipramine, imipramine, or nortriptyline
- Other blood pressure or heart medications
- Diet aids
- Cough and cold medications
- NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Naproxen (Aleve)
Other Labetalol Precautions
Labetalol may cause problems if you have certain medical problems. Be sure to share your entire medical history with your doctor, especially if you’ve ever had any of the following:
- Severe heart failure
- Very slow heartbeats
- A serious heart condition
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland)
- Breathing problems like asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis
- Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Blood circulation problems like Raynaud’s disease or peripheral vascular disease
- Certain eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts
- Mood or mental disorders like depression
Can You Buy Labetalol Online?
You need to be careful when trying to buy labetalol online. There are websites that will claim they can ship you medications from other countries. However, federal law requires you to speak to a doctor before getting any prescription medications.
Luckily, there is still a way to get a labetalol prescription online. PlushCare lets you have a phone or video appointment to talk to a doctor. If they think labetalol is right for you (or another medication), they can send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy, where you can pick it up when it’s ready.
How does getting an online prescription work?
Make an appointment by clicking here or calling (888) 752-3638 any time of day or night. At your appointment time, you’ll tell the doctor your medical history and current prescriptions to help reduce the likelihood of getting a medication that could cause you problems. After going over your symptoms the doctor will decide is labetalol can help you. If they think labetalol is appropriate for you, they’ll electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy, where you can pick it up when it’s ready.
It’s that easy to get a labetalol prescription online. Just call (888) 752-3638 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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