Brand Names : Aldomet, Apo-Methyldopa, Nu-Medopa, Dopamet, Novomedopa
Proper Use of This Medicine
to the use of the medicine your doctor has prescribed, treatment for your
high blood pressure may include weight control and care in the types of foods
you eat, especially foods high in sodium. Your doctor will tell you which
of these are most important for you. You should check with your doctor before
changing your diet.
Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs of
the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. It is very important that you
take your medicine exactly as directed
you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.
Remember that methyldopa will not cure your high blood pressure but it
does help control it. Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed
if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You may have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life
. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems
such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease.
To help you remember to take your medicine, try to get into the habit of
taking it at the same time each day.
Dosing - The dose of methyldopa will be different for
different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the
directions on the label
. The following information includes only the
average doses of methyldopa. If your dose is different,
do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The number of tablets or teaspoonfuls of suspension that you take depends
on the strength of the medicine.
dosage form (suspension or tablets):
For high blood pressure:
Adults - 250 milligrams (mg) to 2 grams a day. This is divided
into two to four doses.
Children - Dose is based on body weight or size and must be determined
by your doctor. The usual dose is 10 mg per kilogram (kg) (4.5 mg per pound)
of body weight a day. This is divided into two to four doses. Your doctor
may increase the dose as needed.
For high blood pressure:
Adults - 250 to 500 mg mixed in 100 milliliters (mL) of solution
(5% dextrose) and slowly injected into a vein every six hours as needed.
Children - Dose is based on body weight and must be determined
by your doctor. The usual dose is 20 to 40 mg per kg (9.1 to 18.2 mg per pound)
of body weight. This is mixed in a solution (5% dextrose) and slowly injected
into a vein every six hours as needed.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as
soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other
damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Keep the oral liquid form of this medicine from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.