Brand Names : Novo-Hylazin, Apo-Hydral, Apo-Hydralazine, Apresoline
- Vasodilator, congestive heart failure
Hydralazine (hye-DRAL-a-zeen) belongs to the general class of medicines
called antihypertensives. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
It is also used to control high blood pressure in the mother during pregnancy
(pre-eclampsia or eclampsia) or in emergency situations when blood pressure
is extremely high (hypertensive crisis).
High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If
it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly.
This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting
in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also
increase the risk of heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur
if blood pressure is controlled.
Hydralazine works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing the supply of
blood and oxygen to the heart while reducing its workload.
Hydralazine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your
Hydralazine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
Oral solution (must be prepared by the pharmacist)
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Generic name product may be available in the U.S. and Canada.