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Visken belongs to the family of drugs called beta blockers and is prescribed to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. While some people can manage their blood pressure with a proper diet, exercise, and quit smoking, many others may still need to take Visken. Hypertension does not exhibit any signs or symptoms so it’s important that you have your blood pressure checked regularly.
When taken as directed, Visken, or generic Pindolol, works by blocking the beta receptors in your heart in order to decrease the effects that adrenaline and noradrenaline have on it. This action will slow your rapid heartbeat so it does not have to use as much force to pump blood throughout your body. Once your heart has your blood flow under control, your hypertension is reduced. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Your heart is a muscle whose job is to pump blood around to other parts of your body to keep them working properly. The force your heart exerts to do this is called blood pressure. Many things can cause your blood pressure to rise such as high salt intake, fatty foods, overweight, smoking, and stress. You can gradually build up plaque in your arteries that cause a narrowing and the force of your blood flow can weaken and damage your artery walls.
Hypertension has become a global public health crisis so this condition must be taken seriously. See your doctor regularly, eat healthier, reduce your stress, stop smoking, and take care of your heart.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may become pregnant before taking Visken as it may be harmful for the baby. Visken is passed into breast milk so you may have to stop nursing and go to formula or discontinue taking this drug. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies with your doctor and list all current Rx drugs and over the counter medications you take or use, including dietary and vitamin supplements or herbal remedies so your doctor can determine if Visken is the right drug for you or if dosage adjustments need to be made.
If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedures, you may be asked to stop taking Visken gradually for a specified time period before and after the surgery. You should not start, stop, or change the dosage of Visken without consulting with your doctor. Until you know how your body will react to Visken, avoid driving or taking part in any activities that require you to be alert. All medications should be kept out of children’s sight and reach and never shared with anyone else.