Please note, before you can choose the low cost generic option, please ask your doctor to add the generic drug to your prescription.

Uses of Labetalol

Labetalol is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to treat angina (pain in the chest, arms, shoulders or neck caused by effort, stress or cold weather) in patients with high blood pressure.

Therapeutic Category

Labetalol: Anti-hypertensives

How Labetalol works

Labetalol works by relaxing the blood vessels supplying the heart and improves blood flow and oxygen supply within them which helps in reducing chest pain (angina). It also reduces the strain on the heart and helps the heart to pump blood more efficiently with less pressure.

Common side effects of Labetalol

  • difficulty in passing urine
  • problems in erections or ejaculation
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms
  • tingling sensation in the scalp
  • nasal congestion

When to consult your doctor

Consult your doctor:

  • in case of accidental overdosage
  • if you experience allergic reactions such as rash, itchy skin, swelling of the face, mouth or throat causing shortness of breath, or feeling wheezy
  • if you experience signs of heart failure, causing breathlessness and swollen ankles, irregular heart beats

Health Tips for Labetalol

  • Avoid alcohol consumption while taking Labetalol, as it can interact with the medication and may enhance its sedative effects
  • Labetalol may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension). To minimise this, rise slowly from a sitting or lying position, especially if you feel dizzy or lightheaded
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, managing stress, and avoiding smoking