Vasodilan is a trade name for Isoxsuprine, a vasodilator that helps blood flow smoothly through blood vessels. Isoxsuprine is used to treat medical conditions affected by poor blood flow through arteries and veins. Vasodilan is available by physician prescription.
The main active ingredient in Vasodilan, Isoxsuprine, is a beta-adrenergic agonist. The drug belongs to a group of medications called 2 amino 1 phenylethanol derivatives. Isoxsuprine can emulate the actions of the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine and signal smooth muscles in blood vessels to relax. Once the arteries and veins are dilated, vascular resistance decreases, and the blood flow increases. Improving blood flow in the body is called vasodilation, and drugs that help vasodilation like Isoxsuprine are called vasodilators.
Vasodilation affects mean arterial pressure (average blood pressure), cardiac output (volume of blood being pumped by the heart) and total peripheral resistance (resistance in blood vessels against blood flow). Therefore, drugs like Vasodilan are used to treat certain diseases of the blood vessels that prevent normal flow, like Raynaud’s disease, arteriosclerosis obliterans, Buerger’s disease and cerebrovascular insufficiency. Hindered blood flow can cause numbness, tingling, cold hands or feet and impaired memory or judgment. Vasodilan helps relieve such symptoms.
Vasodilan is available as small, round white tablets.
Vasodilan dosage will vary as per physician recommendation, age, severity of the condition and response to the treatment. The dosage prescribed by a physician should be followed exactly.
Vasodilan tablets must be swallowed by mouth 3 to 4 times per day or as prescribed by a doctor.
Vasodilan can be taken with or without food. It’s highly recommended to take Vasodilan during the same time each day.
Missed doses should be taken immediately, but not too close to the next dose. Do not take two doses of Vasodilan at once.
Vasodilan must be taken regularly for the drug to be fully effective against the disease being treated.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take Vasodilan if allergic to Isoxsuprine or any other ingredient in the drug.
Exercise caution when taking Vasodilan while pregnant, breastfeeding or attempting to get pregnant. Always consult a physician beforehand.
Vasodilan may not be entirely safe for patients with the following conditions: bleeding disorders, history of heart disease or heart attack, glaucoma, abnormal bleeding or current physical trauma such as childbirth. Consult a physician regarding safety.
Do not drive, operate machinery or engage in any dangerous activity if Vasodilan causes dizziness.
Limit or completely eliminate alcoholic drinks while taking Vasodilan.
Some types of medications can react negatively with Vasodilan. Disclose all other prescription or nonprescription medications, vitamins or herbal supplements being taken to the prescribing doctor, especially if the substance increases heart rate or affect blood pressure.
Inform a doctor of using Vasodilan before undergoing dental, surgical or emergency care treatments.
Vasodilan and Isoxsuprine could potentially cause one or more of the following side effects:
Shaking or physical nervousness
Pounding or fluttering heart (rarely)
Chest pain (rarely)
Side effects are not limited to the above.
Immediately consult a physician if side effects continue to persist or worsen over time.