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Visken Side Effects

Generic Name: pindolol

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug pindolol. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Visken.

For the Consumer

Applies to pindolol: oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, pindolol (the active ingredient contained in Visken) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking pindolol, check with your doctor immediately:

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

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking pindolol, get emergency help immediately:

Symptoms of overdose:
  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow heartbeat

Minor Side Effects

Some pindolol side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned 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), Huntsville, AL.

It is possible that some side effects of Visken may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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