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MOXONIDINE

Brand Name(s) : Physiotens
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

MOXONIDINE WARNINGS

Moxonidine should be used with caution in: moderate kidney disease, moderate heart failure, unstable angina, heart problem called first degree AV block

It should not be used in: children aged under 18 years, patients who have an allergy to moxonidine or to any other ingredients in the medicine, heart disease including disorders of heart rhythm, slow heart rate caused by a heart problem called sick sinus syndrome or second or third degree AV block, severe heart failure, pregnancy, breast feeding, serious kidney disease.

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25ºC.

MOXONIDINE USES

What is it used for?

  • Moxonidine is used to reduce high blood pressure.
  • It is a blood pressure lowering drug, sometimes known as an anti-hypertensive.
  • It is used to lower high blood pressure by making blood vessels relax and widen.
  • In general this drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include a reduction in blood pressure which is associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.

Listed below are the typical uses of moxonidine.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth usually once daily, with or without food. Take your tablets with a drink of water. If you are on a higher dose of moxonidine your doctor may tell you to take moxonidine as two divided doses once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take some days before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Moxonidine can cause drowsiness. If you feel drowsy while taking moxonidine then do not drive or operate machinery. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

MOXONIDINE SIDE EFFECTS

  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Rash or itching
  • General weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling sick
  • Skin flushing
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Neck pain
  • Feeling nervous
  • Swelling
  • Ringing or noise in the ears
  • Unusually slow heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure when standing up
If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash, itching, inflamed or reddened skin (this may be a sign of an allergic skin reaction)
  • Swelling of the face or throat (this may be a sign of the serious allergic reaction angioneurotic oedema).

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

MOXONIDINE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking moxonidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antihypertensives; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: an allergy to moxonidine or to any other ingredients in the medicine, heart disease including disorders of heart rhythm, slow heart rate caused by a heart problem called sick sinus syndrome or second or third degree AV block, severe heart failure, you are pregnant or breast feeding, severe kidney failure.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following moderate kidney disease, moderate heart failure, heart problem called first degree AV block.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • You should not drink alcohol while you are taking moxonidine.

The elderly: moxonidine can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Moxonidine is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Moxonidine is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

MOXONIDINE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting moxonidine.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using moxonidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

MOXONIDINE OVERDOSE

Taking too much moxonidine may cause the following: sedation (confusion and sleepiness), low or high blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, sickness, dry mouth, slowing of heart rate, shortness of breath, narrowing of the pupil of the eye (miosis) and coma.

People who have taken too much moxonidine should call a doctor or go to the nearest hospital casualty department immediately. Show the tablet pack to the doctor.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of moxonidiine or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose ignore it and take the next dose at the normal time. Do not take two doses together to make up for the one you have missed.

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