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Pindolol

Generic Name: pindolol (PIN doe lol)
Brand Name: Visken
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Drug Information:
Pindolol is a beta-blocker that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). Pindolol is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Pindolol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use pindolol if you have asthma, or if you have a serious heart condition such as "AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree), uncontrolled heart failure, slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint, or if your heart cannot pump blood properly. You should not use pindolol if you are allergic to it, or if you have: Learn more

Pindolol Side Effects

Pindolol Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: dizziness. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to pindolol: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, pindolol may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking pindolol:

More common

  • Swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs

Less common

  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • chest pain
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing

Rare

  • Decreased urine output
  • dilated neck veins
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • irregular breathing
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • troubled breathing
  • weight gain

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking pindolol:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow heartbeat

Some side effects of pindolol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • sleeplessness
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

  • Itching skin
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • stomach soreness or discomfort
  • unusual dreams
  • weakness

Rare

  • Rash

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pindolol: compounding powder, oral tablet

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Edema

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Heart failure, palpitations

Frequency not reported: Bradycardia, slowed AV-conduction or increase of an existing AV-block, hypotension, heart failure, cold and cyanotic extremities, Raynaud's phenomenon, increase in intermittent claudication, conduction disorder, cardiac arrhythmia

Endocrine

Frequency not reported: Hypoglycemia

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, abdominal discomfort

Frequency not reported: Vomiting, diarrhea

Genitourinary

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Male impotence

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Muscle pain (10%)

Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, joint pain, muscle cramps

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (up to 11%)

Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia

Frequency not reported: Headache

Postmarketing reports: Tremor

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea

Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash

Frequency not reported: Hyperhidrosis, worsening of psoriasis, erythematous rashes

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Impaired vision, dry eyes, keratitis, conjunctivitis

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, weakness

Psychiatric

Very common (10% or more): Insomnia (10%)

Common (1% to 10%): Nightmares

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hallucinations

Frequency not reported: Psychosis, confusion, sleep disturbance, depression

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Pindolol