Highlights for esmolol
esmolol Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet
- decreased blood pressure
- difficulty breathing, wheezing
- dizziness or fainting spells
- pain, swelling, redness or irritation at the injection site
- slow heart rate (less than 50 beats per minute)
- swollen legs and ankles
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- unusual tiredness
esmolol May Interact with Other Medications
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
- certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
How to Use esmolol
This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart or vessel disease like slow heart rate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome or Raynaud's disease
- kidney disease
- low blood pressure
- lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
- an unusual or allergic reaction to esmolol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This does not apply.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
This does not apply. You will not be given this medicine to store at home.
Last Updated: August 22, 2014