Labetalol Overdose

It is possible to take too much labetalol. Overdose symptoms may include wheezing, difficulty breathing, and seizures. Treatment for an overdose may involve medications or "pumping the stomach"; however, once the drug has been absorbed into the body, treatment will likely consist of supportive care to treat associated symptoms.

Is It Possible to Take Too Much Labetalol?

Labetalol hydrochloride (Trandate®) is a prescription medication that is used for lowering blood pressure (hypertension). Just like with other medicines, it is possible to take too much labetalol. The effects of an overdose will vary, depending on a number of factors, including how much labetalol is taken and whether it is taken with any other medicines, alcohol, and/or drugs.
If you happen to overdose on labetalol, seek medical attention right away.

Symptoms of a Labetalol Overdose

When someone takes too much labetalol, the symptoms can vary. Some examples of labetalol overdose signs and symptoms include:

Treatment for an Overdose With Labetalol

Treatment for an overdose also will vary. If the overdose with labetalol was recent, the healthcare provider may administer certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." However, there is no readily available treatment that can remove the medication quickly once it has been absorbed into the body. Therefore, in these cases, treatment involves supportive care. This type of care consists of relieving the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for people who take too much labetalol may include:
  • Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
  • Medications to increase blood pressure or heart rate
  • Medications to improve breathing
  • Medicines or placement of a pacemaker for abnormal heart rhythms
  • Close monitoring of the heart and lungs.
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