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What is hydralazine used for?

What is hydralazine used for?

Hydralazine: Is a smooth muscle relaxant used to treat high blood pressure. Also, in early research phase it is studied for use in slowing progression of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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If I was prescribed Diovan (valsartan) hct, can I subsitute it with hydralazine HCl for cost purposes?

If I was prescribed Diovan (valsartan) hct, can I subsitute it with hydralazine HCl for cost purposes?

Yes and no: They are both blood pressure medicines, but they work very differently. Because they work differently, they have different scenarios we use them in. ...Read more

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Does hydralazine work by blocking the vagus nerve?

Does hydralazine work by blocking the vagus nerve?

Hydralazine: It relaxes vascular smooth muscles, resulting in dilation of arteries & arterioles (small vessels). ...Read more

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Hydralazine side effects?

Hydralazine side effects?

Fatigue, see below: Most side effects are rare, but of the ones that patients are more likely to experience with this med, fatigue/tiredness, diarrhea, and upset stomach are more common. It rarely, and i mean rarely, can cause symptoms similar to systemic lupus erythematosis (sle or lupus). This drug induced lupus is reversible when the med is stopped. I think Labetalol during pregnancy is a better option. ...Read more

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27 weeks pregnant with pre-eclampsia. Blood pressure is averaging 140/100. On lebetalol 600mg 2x a day. Ob just added hydralazine. How long to work?

27 weeks pregnant with pre-eclampsia. Blood pressure is averaging 140/100. On lebetalol 600mg 2x a day. Ob just added hydralazine. How long to work?

Pre-eclampsia : Most medications for blood pressure should take effect within a 24 hr period but realize that it is important to monitor your blood pressure over time and not just spot measurements. Some people may be resistant to some medications but you are on the correct regimen. Continue to take them as prescribed and it would be helpful to keep a daily log for your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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What is hydralazine used for?

Hydralazine: Is a smooth muscle relaxant used to treat high blood pressure. Also, in early research phase it is studied for use in slowing progression of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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When is the drug hydralazine used?

When is the drug hydralazine used?

Few reasons: It's a vasodilator (dilates blood vessels) and has a couple of common uses 1: it can be used for high blood pressure, although usually not a first choice these days since its dosed frequently when given in pill form. 2: it's used in heart failure. It's called an after-load reducer. Basically makes it easier for a weakened heart (heart failure) to push blood out to the body. ...Read more

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Hydralazine side effects?

Fatigue, see below: Most side effects are rare, but of the ones that patients are more likely to experience with this med, fatigue/tiredness, diarrhea, and upset stomach are more common. It rarely, and i mean rarely, can cause symptoms similar to systemic lupus erythematosis (sle or lupus). This drug induced lupus is reversible when the med is stopped. I think Labetalol during pregnancy is a better option. ...Read more

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What is the normal frequency for using hydralazine hcl?

What is the normal frequency for using hydralazine hcl?

Do you mean dosage?: The normal dosage for adults is 0.143 to 0.357 mg/kg per 6 hours orally to start, then after many weeks 0.143 to 0.357 mg/kg per 6 hours as needed. If given iv, 5-10mg per 10-15 min to a maximum of 50mg. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took hydroxyzine instead of hydralazine?

What would happen if I took  hydroxyzine instead of hydralazine?

Hydralazine: Skipping blood pressure medication can result in headache & other symptoms of elevated pressure. Hydroxyzine or Atarax or vistaril (hydroxyzine) are antihistamines & temporarily cause sedation. ...Read more

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Asprin to replace hydralazine, what to do?

Asprin to replace hydralazine, what to do?

See below: Not sure of your question. Those are two completely different drugs used for totally different things. Aspirin is an anti-platelet drug to make your platelets less sticky so they don't form clots in the blood vessels that could lead to heart attack or stroke. Hydralazine acts on the blood pressure, pulse rate, and dilation of the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can asprin be used to replace hydralazine?

Can asprin be used to replace hydralazine?

Different things: They're quite different things. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, anti platelet agent, pain med. Hydralizine dilates blood vessels, and is used for heart failure and or blood pressure. ...Read more

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How does hydralazine block the vagus nerve?

Not a MOA: Hydralazine is a direct smooth muscle relaxer based on its intracellular action on Calcium. In situ, it does not appear to have a direct effect on the vagus nerve, but rather may have an effect on the sinoatrial node and a reflex response (increased heart rate) due to the decreased blood pressure (baroreceptor response). ...Read more

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Does hydralazine work by blocking the vagus nerve?

Hydralazine: It relaxes vascular smooth muscles, resulting in dilation of arteries & arterioles (small vessels). ...Read more

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I take Diovan (valsartan) hct, can I subsitute this medication with hydralazine hcl?

I take Diovan (valsartan) hct, can I subsitute this medication with hydralazine hcl?

Should not: These are not the same class of medications, so a substitution depends on the original indcation. Check with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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If I was prescribed Diovan (valsartan) hct, can I subsitute it with hydralazine HCl for cost purposes?

Yes and no: They are both blood pressure medicines, but they work very differently. Because they work differently, they have different scenarios we use them in. ...Read more

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Does hydralazine cause hair loss?

Does hydralazine cause hair loss?

Not typically: Hair loss is not typically a side effect one sees with hydralazine. If you have concerns about this then you should see your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more