How Often Do Problems Occur With Acebutolol?

Common Side Effects

Acebutolol has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people taking either a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients) or a different blood pressure medication. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the groups not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common acebutolol side effects (that occurred more frequently with acebutolol than with the placebo) included:
  • Fatigue -- in up to 11 percent of people
  • Dizziness -- up to 6 percent
  • Headache -- up to 6 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 4 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 4 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 4 percent
  • Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 4 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people) include, but are not limited to:
  • Chest pain
  • Water retention and swelling in the hands or feet
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Rash
  • Gas
  • Frequent urination
  • Muscle pain
  • Cough
  • Stuffy or runny nose.

Final Thoughts on Acebutolol Side Effects

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking this medicine or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be an acebutolol side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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