Generic name: Pindolol.

Visken is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (beta-blocker). Beta-blockers decrease the workload of the heart and help regulate the heartbeat.

Quick Facts About Visken


Used to treat high blood pressure.

Visken Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed, and on a regular basis for it to be effective. May take several weeks to observe effects. Once symptoms disappear, continue to take. May take with or without food. If not taken regularly, symptoms may worsen, or may cause chest pain or heart attack.

  • Usual adult dose: 5 milligrams taken 2 times per day, either alone or with other high blood pressure medications. If blood pressure not reduced within 3 to 4 weeks, doctor may increase total daily dose by 10 milligrams at a time, at 3- to 4-week intervals, up to 60 milligrams per day. Seniors — doses are individualized.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless within 4 hours of next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Visken Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

bronchospasm (spasm of air passages), excessively slow heartbeat, heart failure,low blood pressure. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: abdominal discomfort, chest pain, difficult or labored breathing, dizziness, fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain or cramps, nausea, nervousness, strange dreams, swelling due to fluid retention, tingling or pins and needles, trouble sleeping, weakness.

Less common or rare Visken side effects: hallucinations, heart failure, itching, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, rash.


Inform your doctor before combining Visken with:

airway-opening medications such as Proventil and Ventolin; blood pressure medications such as reserpine; digoxin (Lanoxin); epinephrine (EpiPen); hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL); insulin or oral antidiabetic medications such as Micronase; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin; ritodrine (Yutopar); theophylline (Theo-Dur); thioridazine (Mellaril); verapamil (Calan or Verelan).

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

Seniors are prescribed individualized doses.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • May cause disorientation and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
  • Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Should not take if you have: bronchial asthma, severe congestive heart failure, inadequate blood supply to the circulatory system (cardiogenic shock), heart block (heart irregularity), or severely slow heartbeat
  • Tell your doctor before taking Visken if you have a history of severe allergic reactions.
  • Use with caution if you have: asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, seasonal allergies or other bronchial conditions, coronary artery disease, or kidney or liver disease.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist in a medical emergency or before surgery or treatment that you are taking Visken.
  • Doctor may monitor pulse rate; Visken may cause slow heartbeat.
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar or altered blood sugar levels may occur. If diabetic, discuss this with your doctor.

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