Trandate®, which is a product name for labetalol hydrochloride, is a beta-blocker drug used to treat high blood pressure. The drug lowers blood pressure and eases the flow of blood by relaxing the blood vessels and slowing the heart rate. It can be injected or taken in tablet form. Trandate® is meant to manage, rather than cure, high blood pressure.
In tablet form, Trandate® is typically prescribed to be taken two to three times per day. The dosage must be prescribed by a doctor. It is important to take the medication regularly until instructed otherwise by a medical professional, as abruptly discontinuing use can cause serious complications.
Though they can be prescribed for home use, Trandate® injections are typically administered at a medical facility. Patients who will self-administer the drug at home usually must receive instructions from a medical professional on how to do so properly. It is important to receive instruction on issues such as when a vial of Trandate® is not appropriate for injection and how to use and properly dispose of syringes and needles.
After an injection of Trandate®, patients are usually instructed to stay in a reclining condition, due to the possibility of intense dizziness. This condition can last anywhere from a few minutes to as much as three hours after the injection. Patients are typically given specific instructions on when and how to resume normal activity after administration of a Trandate® shot.
The most common mild side effects of taking Trandate® included tingling of the scalp or skin, a light-headed feeling, or dizziness and headache. Patients may also feel uncharacteristically tired, and suffer an upset stomach or stuffy nose. More severe side effects include chest pain, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lower extremities, and a sudden increase in weight. These conditions require immediate medical attention.
There are some pre-existing conditions which may increase the risk of taking Trandate®. Individuals who have asthma, diabetes, and severe allergies should consult a doctor before taking the drug. Diseases of the liver, hear,t or kidneys may also pose complications.
It is also important for patients to disclose all medications they are taking as some can have a dangerous interaction with Trandate®. The most potentially dangerous drugs are those for heart disease and other kinds of high blood pressure medications. Drugs for asthma, allergies, or headaches could also be problematic. All vitamins and other non-prescription supplements should also be disclosed to the prescribing doctor.