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Methyldopa, Aldocor, Aldomet, Aldoril, alpha-methyldopa, Apo-Methyldopa


Methyldopa is a centrally-acting adrenergic anti-hypertensive drug.

Methyldopa may be used for difficult to treat hypertension and pregnancy-induced hypertension.


antihypertensive adrenergic



Side Effects

angina, azotemia, cirrhosis, diarrhea, drowsiness, edema, ejaculation dysfunction, fever, headache, heart failure, hemolysis, hepatitis, hyperprolactinemia, hypotension, impotence, interstitial nephritis, libido decrease, myocarditis, nasal congestion, nausea/vomiting, nightmares, orgasm dysfunction, pancreatitis, photosensitivity, sedation, sinus bradycardia, thrombocytopenia, vertigo, weakness, xerostomia,

Drug-Vitamin-Herb Interactions

Negative interactions:

Iron decreases absorption and interferes with blood pressure control. Take separately.

St JohnÕs Wort and Dong quai
St JohnÕs Wort and Dong quai may cause sensitivity to sunlight, which adds to side effects.

Positive interactions:

Coenzyme Q10
Several drugs that are used to lower blood pressure (especially propanolol) may inhibit the actions of enzymes containing CoQ10.




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