Aldomet contains the active substance called methyldopa. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘antihypertensives’. Methyldopa is changed inside your body to a natural substance that lowers blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Methyldopa works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. You should take this medicine by mouth and exactly as advised by your doctor or pharmacist. The amount you take each day will depend upon your condition. Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 2 to 4 times daily. Start this medication or any new dose increase in the evening to decrease the risk of side effects. Also, if the doses of this medication are not equal, take the larger dose at bedtime. It is very important to continue taking Aldomet for as long as your doctor has prescribed. Do not take more or less than your doctor has prescribed.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the generic Aldomet (Methyldopa) from Canada and the United Kingdom by different manufacturers. Aldomet is available in the strength of 125 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg tablets.
The common side effects of Aldomet may include dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, headache, stuffy nose, weakness. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
• Decreased sexual desire/ability;
• Increased breast size (in men);
• Liver disease;
• Mental/mood changes;
• Muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscle movements;
• Missed/stopped periods;
• Pain in the gut and diarrhea;
• Symptoms of heart failure;
• Severe skin reactions
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not take Aldomet if you have: ever had a bad reaction, such as an allergy to methyldopa, or to any of the other ingredients, ever had liver disease, ever had depression, high blood pressure due to a tumour near your kidney, been taking a type of medicine called a ‘monoamine oxidase inhibitor’, porphyria (a rare, inherited blood disorder). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Aldomet if you: have a blood disorder called haemolytic anaemia, liver problems, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fever, any abnormal movements, are pregnant or breast feeding. Check with your doctor while taking this medicine if you are going to have: dialysis, an operation, a blood transfusion. Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription including herbal medicines. Do not take Aldomet if you are taking a type of medicine called a ‘monoamine oxidase inhibitor’ (MAO inhibitor) used to treat depression. It is particularly important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following before taking Aldomet: other medicines for high blood pressure (antihypertensives), lithium used to treat some types of depression, medicines called ‘phenothiazines’ such as chlorpromazine used for mental illness and sometimes feeling and being sick, medicines called ‘tricyclic antidepressants’, cough and cold remedies that contain a decongestant, iron and supplements containing iron, such as multivitamins with minerals. Do not drink alcohol while taking Aldomet tablets.
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