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Sectral Side Effects

Generic Name: acebutolol

Note: This document contains side effect information about acebutolol. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Sectral.

In Summary

Common side effects of Sectral include: fatigue. Other side effects include: constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dyspepsia, and nausea. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to acebutolol: oral capsule, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, acebutolol (the active ingredient contained in Sectral) 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 acebutolol:

Less common
  • Changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing

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

Symptoms of overdose
  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chest discomfort
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • cool, pale skin
  • cough
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • extreme fatigue
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • irregular breathing
  • loss of bladder control
  • muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • noisy breathing
  • pain in the shoulders, back, neck, or jaw
  • shakiness
  • slow, fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • slurred speech
  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • sweating
  • troubled breathing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weight gain

Some side effects of acebutolol 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:

Less common
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloated
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • difficulty in moving
  • discouragement
  • excess air or gas in stomach or intestines
  • feeling sad or empty
  • full feeling
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in joints
  • passing gas
  • problems in urination or increase in amount of urine
  • rash
  • sleeplessness
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • swollen joints
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • unusual dreams

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to acebutolol: compounding powder, oral capsule

General

The most common adverse reactions were fatigue and gastrointestinal disorders.[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, edema
Frequency not reported: Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) increased, alkaline phosphatase increased, fever, malaise, withdrawal syndrome[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea
Frequency not reported: Vomiting, abdominal pain[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Depression, insomnia, abnormal dreams
Frequency not reported: Anxiety, psychoses, hallucination, confusion, loss of libido, sleep disorder[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Cough, dyspnea, rhinitis
Frequency not reported: Pharyngitis, wheezing, pneumonitis, lung infiltration[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, myalgia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Lupus like syndrome
Frequency not reported: Back pain, joint pain, systemic lupus erythematosus[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, headache
Frequency not reported: Hyper/hypoesthesia, paresthesia[Ref]

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Micturition frequency
Frequency not reported: Impotence, dysuria, nocturia, dark urine[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal vision
Frequency not reported: Conjunctivitis, dry eye, eye pain[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash
Frequency not reported: Pruritus[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Hypotension, bradycardia, heart failure, first degree atrioventricular block, existing atrioventricular block increased, intermittent claudication, Raynaud's syndrome, cyanosis peripheral, peripheral coldness[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) increased, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) increased, bilirubin increased, hepatic enzymes increased, liver injury[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Antinuclear antibody[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Anorexia[Ref]

References

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

2. "Product Information. Sectral (acebutolol)." Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Philadelphia, PA.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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