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Use of pindolol in neurocardiogenic syncope

I have been prescribed pindolol after being diagnosed with vasovagal took medical experts 1 year to diagnose this condition.I appear to have a severe form of the problem as it affects me daily.I have tried fludrocortisone, cardicor and tilt...
by Deirdra B in Downpatrick,Co., Northern Ireland, 01/31/2006

Pindolol (Visken)
( PIN-doh-lohl)
Pregnancy Category: B Apo-Pindol Gen-Pindolol Novo-Pindol Nu-Pindol Visken (Rx)

Classification: Beta-adrenergic blocking agent

See Also: See also Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents .

Action/Kinetics: Manifests both beta-1 and beta-2 adrenergic blocking activity. Also has significant intrinsic sympathomimetic effects and minimal membrane-stabilizing activity. Moderate lipid solubility. t 1/2: 3-4 hr; however, geriatric clients have a variable half-life ranging from 7 to 15 hr, even with normal renal function. Metabolized by the liver, and the metabolites and unchanged (35%-40%) drug are excreted through the kidneys.

Uses: Hypertension (alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents as thiazide diuretics). Investigational: Ventricular arrhythmias and tachycardias, antipsychotic-induced akathisia, situational anxiety.

Contraindications: Bronchial asthma or bronchospasm, including severe COPD.

Special Concerns: Dosage has not been established in children.

Laboratory Test Alterations: AST and ALT. Rarely, LDH, uric acid, alkaline phosphatase.

How Supplied: Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg

?Tablets Hypertension.
Initial: 5 mg b.i.d. (alone or with other antihypertensive drugs). If no response in 3-4 weeks, increase by 10 mg/day q 3-4 weeks to a maximum of 60 mg/day.
Antipsychotic-induced akathisia.
5 mg/day.

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