Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection

Introduction

Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators. It is used for the treatment of severe or life-threatening hypertension (high blood pressure), when the drug cannot be given orally or when there is an urgent need to lower blood pressure in hospitalised patients.

Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection works by relaxing and enlarging certain small blood vessels so that blood flows through them more easily. It is given under the supervision of a healthcare professional and should not be self administered. Certain patients (especially those with marked kidney damage) may require a lower dose. Blood pressure should be checked frequently. It may begin to fall within a few minutes after injection, with the average maximal decrease occurring in 10-80 minutes.

Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection should be used immediately after opening. It should not be added to other solutions. It may discolor upon contact with metal; discolored solutions should be discarded. Some of the common side effects of this medicine are headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and increased heart rate. Please contact your doctor if these side effects do not resolve or persist for a longer duration.

Uses of Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Benefits of Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection is a medicine used to treat severe or life-threatening hypertension (high blood pressure). It increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart and other organs by relaxing blood vessels, thereby, lowering your blood pressure. It is usually given as a slow injection by a doctor or healthcare professional.

If your blood pressure is controlled you are less at risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or kidney problems. It must be taken regularly as prescribed to be effective.

Side effects of Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Hydralazine Hydrochloride

  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Vomiting

How to use Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection works

Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection is a potassium channel opener. It works by relaxing blood vessels which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to reach the heart and other organs.

Safety Advice

Alcohol

UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection.

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.

Driving

UNSAFE
Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
As Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection may cause headaches or lead to difficulty in concentration and this may affect your ability to drive.

Kidney

CAUTION
Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of blood pressure is recommended for better dose adjustment.

Liver

CAUTION
Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection?

If you miss a dose of Hydralazine Hydrochloride 20mg Injection, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.