Acebutolol is used alone or with other medications to treat high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Lowering high blood pressure prevents strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Treating irregular heartbeat helps the heart to work better with less strain. Irregular heart beats can be serious and sometimes lead to heart attacks, which may be fatal.
This medication belongs to a class of medications called beta-blockers. It works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals (such as adrenaline and epinephrine) that affect the heart and blood vessels, resulting in a lowering of heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on the heart.
How To Use
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Your dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to therapy.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. This medication treats, but does not cure, high blood pressure. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
When gradually stopping this medication, it is recommended that you temporarily limit physical activity to decrease strain on the heart. Also, notify your doctor immediately of any worsening chest pain.
It may take 1 to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.