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Pindolol is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent chest pain (angina pectoris).

How it works

Pindolol belongs to group of medications called beta-blockers. It relaxes the blood vessels and slows the heart rate to improve blood flow and decrease blood pressure.

Common side effects

Nausea, Tingling sensation of extremity, Numbness of extremity, Blue hands and feet, Blurred vision, Bradycardia, Cold, Confusion, Decreased blood pressure, Depression, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dry eye, Hallucination, Headache, Heart failure, Impotence, Increased levels of anti-nuclear antibodies, Insomnia, Mood changes, Rash, Tingling sensation, Fatigue, Worsening of asthma, Worsening of existing pain in legs, Nightmare


Expert advice

  • Consult your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions: history of asthma or wheezing attacks; heart failure or heart disease; tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma); heart rhythm disorders (sick-sinus syndrome); low pulse rate; diabetes; depression or mental illness.
  • Pindolol may interfere with glaucoma screening test. Inform your doctor that you are taking pindolol before undergoing the test.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as pindolol may make you feel dizzy.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking pindolol as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Stop taking pindolol and seek immediate medical attention if you develop severe allergic reactions, skin rashes and/or dry eyes, or difficulty in breathing or wheeziness.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Does pindolol cause weight gain/depression/ increase heart rate?
Pindolol may cause weight gain; however it is not known to cause depression or increase heart rate. Please consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.
Q. How does pindolol improve antidepressant action?
Pindolol improves antidepressant action by accelerating or enhancing the effects of antidepressant drugs.

Content on this page was last updated on 04 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)