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Visken Side Effects

Generic name: pindolol

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 25, 2022.

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

For the Consumer

Applies to pindolol: oral tablet

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, pindolol (the active ingredient contained in Visken) 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

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

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

  • Joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • sleeplessness
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

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) (2016):

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.