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Specific Blocadren Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Blocadren include the following:
- As with all beta blockers, you should not abruptly stop taking Blocadren, as serious problems (including heart attacks) may result. Your healthcare provider will advise you about how to safely stop taking this medication. People are usually advised to slowly reduce the dose over a period of one to two weeks, with careful monitoring, and to minimize physical activity during this time. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop chest pain or any other problems while stopping this medicine.
- Like all beta blockers, Blocadren can worsen heart failure in some situations. However, beta blockers are also useful for the treatment of heart failure. If you have heart failure, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you closely while you take Blocadren. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if your heart failure symptoms seem to become worse.
- Beta blockers can worsen breathing problems like asthma or COPD. If you have breathing problems, check with your healthcare provider before taking Blocadren.
- If you have an upcoming surgery, make sure your surgeon and anesthesiologist know you take Blocadren, as it may affect the choice of medications used during the procedure.
- Beta blockers can mask some of the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), particularly the "racing heart" feeling. This can cause serious problems for people with diabetes, who need to be able to sense that they have low blood sugar in order to correct it before it becomes life-threatening.
- Beta blockers can mask some of the symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Stopping Blocadren suddenly could cause symptoms of a "thyroid storm" (a sudden and severe worsening of hyperthyroidism symptoms).
- Blocadren can potentially interact with many other medications (see Blocadren Drug Interactions).
- The kidneys and liver help remove Blocadren from the body. Therefore, if you have kidney or liver disease, your healthcare provider may need to monitor your response to this medication more closely and a lower Blocadren dosage may be recommended.
- This drug could potentially cause problems for people with poor blood circulation in the brain, such as people who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack. If you have had such problems in the past, check with your healthcare provider before taking Blocadren.
- If you have an anaphylactic allergy (the type that affects the entire body and often interferes with breathing), Blocadren can make you more sensitive to the allergen and may make the usual treatments, such as epinephrine or an EpiPen®, less effective.
- Blocadren is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Timolol and Pregnancy).
- Blocadren passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Timolol and Breastfeeding).