METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet)

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 how to stop taking methyldopa if i am having mild side effects
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Side effects and methyldopa

my grandfather is suffering from extremly low blood pressure .He has been presribed methyldopa a nd I was wondering if it is possible that one of the side effects of the medication could be sudden fainting if not would the blood pressure be the proble...
by kelly in newfoundland,canada, 08/09/2006

METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information

METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet)

METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification


METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname


METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) is used for the Treatment

Methyldopa (meth-il-DOE-pa) Treats high blood pressure.

When To Not Use METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction or liver problems caused by methyldopa, or if you have active liver disease (especially hepatitis or cirrhosis). You should not use this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®) in the past 14 days.

How Should You Use METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet)

Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet.
  • Shake the oral liquid just before each use. Measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) Storage

Store METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using lithium, iron supplements, or any other blood pressure medicine (such as atenolol, metoprolol, Accupril®, Altace®, Cardizem®, Cardura®, Hytrin®, Lotensin®, Lotrel®, Monopril®, Plendil®, Prinivil®, Tiazac®, Toprol®, Vasotec®, Zestril®).

METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease (or are on dialysis), or a history of stroke or liver disease.
  • If you stop using this medicine, your blood pressure may go up. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. Even if you feel well, do not stop using the medicine without asking your doctor.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.

METHYLDOPA (Oral) (Tablet) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Chest pain (may be related to your disease and not a side effect)
  • Dark-colored urine or pale stools
  • Fever
  • Lightheadedness or fainting, slow heartbeat
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sudden or severe stomach pain
  • Swelling in the hands, ankles, or feet
  • Uncontrolled movements of the face, arms, or legs
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Breast swelling or tenderness (in both men and women)
  • Changes in menstrual periods
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Stomach bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation
  • Stuffy nose

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