Esmolol (Injection)

Introduction

Esmolol (ES-moe-lol)

Treats heart rhythm disorders. This medicine will also slow down a fast heartbeat and treat high blood pressure during or after surgery. This medicine is a beta-blocker.

Brand Name(s)

Brevibloc, Novaplus Esmolol Hydrochloride

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to esmolol, or if you have certain heart problems. Talk with your doctor about what these heart problems are.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using digoxin (Digitek®, Lanoxin®), morphine (Avinza®), reserpine, succinylcholine (Anectine®), or warfarin (Coumadin®). Tell your doctor if you are also using dopamine (Intropin®), epinephrine (Adrenalin®), norepinephrine (Levophed®), or verapamil (Isoptin®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain, slow heartbeat, or sweating.
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
  • Seizures.
  • Shortness of breath, cold sweats, and bluish-colored skin.
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Bad taste in your mouth.
  • Confusion, headache, or agitation.
  • Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or upset stomach.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning feelings.
  • Pain, redness, itching, swelling, burning, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
  • Problems with vision or speech.
  • Tiredness or weakness.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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