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Pindolol Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: dizziness. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to pindolol: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, pindolol may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking pindolol:

More common
  • Swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
Less common
  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • chest pain
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing
  • Decreased urine output
  • dilated neck veins
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • irregular breathing
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • troubled breathing
  • weight gain

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking pindolol:

Symptoms of overdose

Some side effects of pindolol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common Less common
  • Itching skin
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • stomach soreness or discomfort
  • unusual dreams
  • weakness
  • Rash

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pindolol: compounding powder, oral tablet


Common (1% to 10%): Edema
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Heart failure, palpitations
Frequency not reported: Bradycardia, slowed AV-conduction or increase of an existing AV-block, hypotension, heart failure, cold and cyanotic extremities, Raynaud's phenomenon, increase in intermittent claudication, conduction disorder, cardiac arrhythmia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypoglycemia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, abdominal discomfort
Frequency not reported: Vomiting, diarrhea[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Male impotence[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Muscle pain (10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, joint pain, muscle cramps[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (up to 11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia
Frequency not reported: Headache
Postmarketing reports: Tremor[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea
Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash
Frequency not reported: Hyperhidrosis, worsening of psoriasis, erythematous rashes[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Impaired vision, dry eyes, keratitis, conjunctivitis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, weakness[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Insomnia (10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Nightmares
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hallucinations
Frequency not reported: Psychosis, confusion, sleep disturbance, depression[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. "Product Information. Pindolol (pindolol)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc (formerly Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc), Huntsville, AL.

Some side effects of pindolol may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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