What is this medication for?
Nadolol belongs to the class of medications called beta-blockers. It is used to treat angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure. When used for the treatment of high blood pressure, it may be used alone or in combination other medications. It works by decreasing the heart rate, thus reducing demands on the heart.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Corgard® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
For the treatment of angina, the recommended starting dose is 40 mg once daily. If the desired response is not achieved, your doctor may increase the daily dose by 40 mg to 80 mg every 3 to 7 days. The maximum recommended daily dose is 240 mg.
For the treatment of high blood pressure, the recommended starting dose is 40 mg once daily. If the desired response is not achieved, your doctor may gradually increase your dose by 40 mg to 80 mg, until the desired blood pressure control is achieved. The maximum recommended daily dose is 320 mg.
Nadolol may be taken with or without food.
If you have reduced kidney function, your doctor may prescribe a dose of nadolol that is taken less frequently.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without first talking with your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and excessive heat, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take nadolol if you:
- are allergic to nadolol or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- have an extremely slow heart rate
- have asthma
- have greater than first degree heart block
- have severe heart damage
- have uncontrolled heart failure