No, Cytogard is not a beta blocker. It is an anti-anginal medicine which is used in combination with other medicines to treat angina pectoris (chest pain caused by coronary disease). It protects the heart cells from getting affected by the reduced oxygen supply during an episode of angina.
Q. Who should not take Cytogard?
You should not take Cytogard if you are allergic to it or have severe kidney problems. Patients with Parkinson’s disease should also avoid taking Cytogard. Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the brain which affects movement and causes trembling, rigid posture, slow movements and a shuffling, unbalanced walk.
Q. Can Cytogard be used in elderly patients?
Cytogard should be used with caution in patients aged more than 75 years of age. Usually, a lower dose is prescribed in elderly patients to reduce the chances of adverse effects. It is important to continuously monitor such patients.
Q. Does taking Cytogard increases the risk of falling down frequently?
Though it is rare, falls may occur with use of Cytogard. This may be due to instability while walking or fall in blood pressure while standing up. The risk may be higher in elderly patients. Therefore, they need to be more careful and should be monitored.
Q. Does Cytogard cause drowsiness?
Yes, Cytogard may make you feel dizzy and drowsy. Therefore, you should avoid driving or using heavy machinery in case it causes these side effects.
Q. How should Cytogard be taken?
You should take Cytogard exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is meant for oral use. So, take the tablets with sufficient amount of liquid, e.g. a glass of water. You can take this medicine with or without food.
Q. What are the possible side effects of Cytogard?
The common side effects of Cytogard include dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, and hives, rash and itching. Its use may also make you feel sick and weak. The rare side effects may include fast or irregular heartbeats (also called palpitations), fall in blood pressure on standing which can further cause dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, fall, and flushing.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 27th Dec 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.