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Generic Name: Esmolol (ES-moe-lol)Brand Name: Brevibloc

Brevibloc is used for:

Temporary control of heart rate and blood pressure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Brevibloc is a beta-blocker. It works by reducing the workload on the heart and helping the heart beat more regularly by affecting certain nerve impulses in the body.

Do NOT use Brevibloc if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Brevibloc
  • you have a history of heart block, heart shock, a very slow heartbeat with or without a recent history of heart attack, or you have a history of asthma

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Brevibloc :

Some medical conditions may interact with Brevibloc . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart disease, heart failure, blood flow problems, kidney problems, breathing problems (eg, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder [COPD]), diabetes, bronchitis, or low blood sugar

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Brevibloc . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Indomethacin because the effectiveness of Brevibloc may be decreased
  • Ketanserin, mibefradil, quinazolines (eg, imatinib), or verapamil because the risk of side effects such as extremely low blood pressure may be increased
  • Clonidine, lidocaine, or mefloquine because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Brevibloc may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Brevibloc :

Use Brevibloc as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Brevibloc is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions that you have about Brevibloc .
  • If you miss a dose of Brevibloc , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Brevibloc .

Important safety information:

  • Brevibloc 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 Brevibloc .
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Brevibloc .
  • Use Brevibloc with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Brevibloc has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Brevibloc during pregnancy. It is unknown if Brevibloc is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Brevibloc , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Brevibloc :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Agitation; confusion; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; sleepiness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); change in skin color; chest pain; fainting; headache; mental/mood changes; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; seizures; sweating; unusually slow or irregular heartbeat.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness and weakness, especially upon standing; severe chest pain; slowed heartbeat.

Proper storage of Brevibloc :

Brevibloc is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Brevibloc at home, store Brevibloc as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Brevibloc out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Brevibloc , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Brevibloc 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.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Brevibloc . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Brevibloc Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Brevibloc Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • Brevibloc Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Esmolol Prescribing Information (FDA)

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