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Midodrine Medication Questions

Midodrine is a medicine that is used to stabilize low blood pressure or what is otherwise known as hypotension. Using Midodrine causes stimulation to the nerve endings which makes the blood vessels constrict increasing blood pressure. This medication can only be acquired through a doctor. To learn more about Midodrine and how it works, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

Are dizzy spells, blurred vision and a lack of energy considered normal while taking Midodrine?

Midodrine may not suit a few people or there may need to be an adjustment made to the dosage to avoid these side effects. In certain situations, Midodrine could cause one’s blood pressure to rise very rapidly when lying down. That is why one should always seek medical attention if they notice a change in heartbeats, headaches, pounding in the ears or blurred vision. These could be the symptoms of a spike in blood pressure which could lead to other problems such as the heart slowing down. Symptoms of a slowed heart rate include dizziness, slow pulse, fainting or an odd sensation of heartbeats.

Since Midodrine can increase a person's blood pressure when they are lying down, the last dose of the day is generally taken at least three hours before bedtime. Taking a dose is usually avoided if the person plans on lying down during the day.

Using other medicines that may increase one’s blood pressure is also considered extremely dangerous when taking Midodrine. These medicines may include those taken for cold and cough, allergy, weight loss and respiratory ailments.. Medication for migraine headaches and heart/ blood pressure may also be dangerous and should be taken only after a consultation with the doctor.

Will Sanctura interact with Fludrocort or Midodrine?

A person can run the risk of experiencing serious side effects sometimes when combining a certain kind of medication with another. For example, there are many side effects that may take place when combining Midodrine with either Fludrocort or Sanctura.

Taking Midodrine and Fludrocortisone (Fludrocort) together could lead to a spike in a person's blood pressure that could be difficult to control. Again, when Midodrine is taken with Sanctura, the side effects may include high blood pressure issues, chills, a sensation of bugs crawling under the skin (formication), itching and a tingling sensation of the scalp among others. Hence, these drugs must generally be taken only after consulting with the doctor.

Can steroid treatments or Amoxicillin interact with Midodrine and Prilosec?

Generally, steroid treatments could raise the possibility of contracting an infection or may even cause a current infection to become worse. However, antibiotics such as Amoxicillin can be used to treat an infection in patients who are on steroids. This antibiotic also usually doesn’t cause an issue when taken with Midodrine and Prilosec.

Is a high pulse a normal side effect while taking Midodrine and Atenolol?

Case details: Have POTS syndrome.

Many times, when a person is affected by POTS syndrome (a condition that causes a person's heartbeat to race excessively when moving from a lying position to a sitting position) a doctor will often prescribe Midodrine and Atenolol. Midodrine is generally used to increase one’s blood pressure and heart rate. However, if the pulse rate has increased considerably, the dosage of the medicine may need to be lowered. At this stage, it is recommended to avoid the Midodrine until the person can speak with a doctor and discuss the problem.

Many people have blood pressure issues and require medication to regulate the problem. While Midodrine is widely used to treat this, there are several side effects associated with its use. If you have any questions on whether or not Midodrine is an appropriate treatment for your blood pressure condition, ask an Expert for medical insights and suggestions based on your case history.

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