Zebeta is used primarily to treat cardiac conditions but it may also be prescribed for other conditions.
The best way to take Zebeta is as prescribed by your doctor. However, it is recommended that you take it with a meal to avoid an upset stomach.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then take it immediately and space out your remaining doses accordingly. You may also skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature taking care to protect it from moisture.
Congestive heart failure, difficult or labored breathing and low blood pressure are some of the typical symptoms of a Zebeta overdose.
The drug may cause light-headedness, dizziness, and faintness in some people. Do not consume alcohol along with the drug. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug. Use with caution if you suffer from asthma or other bronchial conditions.
Do not stop taking this medicine before checking with your doctor. Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. For women: if you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. It is unknown if this drug is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. For patients with diabetes mellitus: this medicine may mask signs of low blood sugar such as a rapid heart rate.
Possible Side Effects
Zebeta is generally well-tolerated, and side effects are mild and transient. Rare side effects include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, impotence, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, numbness, tingling, cold extremities, sore throat, and shortness of breath or wheezing. Zebeta can aggravate breathing difficulties in patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema. In patients with existing slow heart rates (bradycardias) and heart blocks (defects in electrical conduction within the heart), zebeta can cause dangerously slow heart rates and even shock. Zebeta reduces the force of contraction of heart muscle and can aggravate symptoms of heart failure. In patients with coronary artery disease, abruptly stopping zebeta can suddenly worsen angina, and occasionally precipitate heart attacks. If it is necessary to discontinue zebeta, its dosage can be reduced gradually over one to two weeks. Zebeta can mask the early warning symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), and should be used with caution in patients receiving treatment for diabetes.
If you have any questions about Casodex, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Casodex is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.