Methyldopa is used to treat high blood pressure.
Take methyldopa regularly as directed with a glass of water.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with methyldopa including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Reduced number of blood cells that help your blood to clot - symptoms include: easy or unusual bruising or bleeding
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Feeling restless, strange or uncontrolled movements, tremor, stiffness
Tiredness, dizziness, pale skin
|Tell your doctor|
Headache, drowsiness, strange dreams, low mood
Swollen feet or legs, short of breath
Changes in sexual function
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
Lightheaded or dizzy after standing up
|Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your doctor|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. October 2020
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