What is Hydralazine?
Hydralazine is a vasodilator, blood vessel-widening medication, sold under the trade name Apresoline.
What is Hydralazine Used For?
Hydralazine is used for the treatment of chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension. It is also effective to bring down dangerously high blood pressure from conditions like a hypertensive crisis or preeclampsia.
How Does Hydralazine Work?
Hydralazine relaxes blood vessels, increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, thereby reducing stress on the cardiovascular system. As a result, blood pressure lowers.
How Long Does it Take for Hydralazine to Work?
Hydralazine is rapidly absorbed and should work quickly. It reaches peak plasma levels in about one to two hours, according to the FDA.
Do Not Use Hydralazine If:
There are several situations where this medication may not be the right choice for you. According to the FDA, the following should not use hydralazine:
- Hypersensitivity to hydralazine
- Coronary artery disease
- Mitral valvular rheumatic heart disease
Please note that this list may not be complete, and there may be other situations where the use of this drug is not advisable.