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Generically: acebutolol”A-se-BUE-toe-lol” A-se BUE-toe Lol
Classes of drugs: cardioselective beta blockers, Group II antiarrhythmics

Sectral is a brand name that has been discontinued. Sectral brand name is removed from the U.S. If there are generic versions of this item that were approved by the FDA, it is possible that there are similar generic versions available.

What is Sectral?

Sectral is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers can affect blood circulation (blood flows through veins and arteries).It is used for treating hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart rhythm problems.It is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of Sectral

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Sectral can have severe adverse reactions. Consult your physician immediately in the event that you experience:

  • Breathlessness (even at moderate exertion), swelling rapidly, and gaining weight;
  • Acute or new chest pain,
  • Heartbeats that are slow
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're about to pass out or
  • Extremely high blood pressure—severe headaches, blurred vision, the pounding of your neck or ear nosebleeds, anxiety, chest pain that is severe breathing shortness, irregular heartbeats.

Common adverse effects of Sectral include:

  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Fatigue;
  • Nausea, upset stomach;
  • Diarrhea, constipation,
  • Sleep problems (insomnia).

It isn't a complete listing of all the side effects. There are other possibilities for this to happen. Ask your doctor for guidance on the effects of medicine. It is possible to report any adverse allergic reactions or symptoms to FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Amlodipine, lisinopril, metoprolol, losartan, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, and sotalol


You shouldn't utilize Sectral if you have an extremely serious heart problem like "AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree), extreme heart disease, or a slow heartbeat that has caused you to faint.

Prior to use this drug

It is not recommended to take Sectral if you have an allergy to it or you suffer from a serious heart problem, such as:

  • Block AV (2nd, 3rd, or 2nd degree);
  • Severe heart failure;
  • Low heart rate that has led you to faint.

To ensure Sectral is appropriate for you, tell your doctor that you have:

  • Coronary arterial disorder (hardened arteries);
  • Peripheral blood vessel disease like Raynaud's syndrome;
  • A previous history of heart failure
  • A heart disease for which you are prescribed digoxin (digitalis) or diuretics ("water tablet");
  • Asthma, chronic obstructive lung disorder (COPD), sleep apnea, or another breathing disorder.
  • Diabetes (taking Sectral may make it more difficult to recognize when you are suffering from insufficient levels of blood sugar);
  • Kidney disease or liver failure;
  • A thyroid disorder
  • An allergy history.

Adults who are older may be more susceptible to the effects of Sectral.It is unclear if this medication will affect the unborn baby. But taking Sectral during pregnancy could cause problems when the baby is born. This could include a lower birth weight, slower heartbeats, and low blood pressure. Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to be expecting while using this medication.

Acebutolol may be absorbed through breastmilk and cause harm to nursing babies. Do not breastfeed when taking this medication.

How to take Sectral?

Follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Your doctor might alter your dosage to ensure you are getting the best outcomes. Avoid using this medicine in smaller or larger quantities or for longer periods than prescribed.If you are in need of surgery, be sure to inform your surgeon beforehand that you're taking Sectral. It is possible that you will need to discontinue using the medication for a short period of time.Your blood pressure should be regularly monitored.You shouldn't stop using Sectral immediately. A sudden stop can increase the severity of your condition.

If you're being treated with high blood pressure, you should continue taking this medication even if you feel good. The presence of high blood pressure is often accompanied by no signs. It is possible that you will need blood pressure medication throughout your life.

Sectral is just one component of a comprehensive treatment plan that could also encompass exercises, diet, and weight management. Follow your doctor's advice carefully.Maintain at room temperature, far from heat, humidity, and light.Make sure the bottle is tightly shut when not in use.

What happens if I miss the dose?

You should take the missed dose as quickly as you remember. Avoid your missed dosage if you are nearing the time for the next dose. Do not take additional medication to compensate for the dose you missed.

What happens if I overdose?

If you are experiencing medical emergency, seek medical emergency attention immediately or ask to get help from the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms can include slow heartbeats, breathing difficulties, and severe dizziness. Fainting or having seizures (convulsions).

What should be avoided?

Alcohol that is mixed with Sectral may cause adverse effects.

Consult a physician or pharmacist prior to taking the medicine for a cough or cold that includes a decongestant. It is important to know that taking Sectral in conjunction with a decongestant could elevate your blood pressure to levels that are dangerous.

The medication may affect your reactions or thinking. Be aware if you are driving or engaging in any activity that requires that you be vigilant.

Interaction with other drugs

Discuss with your physician all the medicines you are currently taking and any new medications you begin or stop taking, particularly:

  • Reserpine;
  • Cold medications, stimulant drugs, and diet pills;
  • The nsaids (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): aspirin, Ibuprofen, aspirin (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), as well as celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and many others;
  • Other beta-blockers—atenolol, carvedilol, metoprolol, nebivolol, propranolol, sotalol, and others.

This list is not comprehensive. Other medications can be incompatible with acebutolol, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all potential drugs are mentioned in this medication guide.