The time taken by Sahamet XL to start working varies from person to person. Usually Sahamet XL starts working within 15 minutes. However, in some patients it may take up to 2 hours to start working. It starts acting slowly and the maximum or full effect is usually experienced within a span of 1 week. In case you do not feel any difference while taking Sahamet XL, do not panic. The medicine exerts its beneficial effects when taken for a long time.
Q. Is taking Sahamet XL dangerous?
Sahamet XL is usually safe when taken as per the doctor’s prescription. This medicine exhibits dangerous effects if the medicine is stopped suddenly. Stopping the medicine suddenly can cause an abrupt increase in the heart rate and affect its activity, which can be dangerous for heart failure patients and can even lead to heart attack in few patients. So, do not stop the medicine suddenly and take it for the prescribed duration.
Q. Does Sahamet XL help you sleep better?
Sahamet XL belongs to the beta blockers class of medicine. Though their effect on sleep varies from person to person, it has been found that these medicines are prone to alter the sleep pattern and disturb sleep in few patients. On the other hand, it has also been seen to promote better sleep in patients with increased heart rate and anxiety by calming down the heart and nerves. Do consult your doctor in case you have any sleep disturbances.
Q. What should I do if I forget to take Sahamet XL?
If you forget to take a dose of Sahamet XL, then take it as soon as you remember it. However, if the time of your next dose is nearby, then skip the missed dose to avoid taking a double dose.
Q. Can I take alcohol after taking Sahamet XL?
No, you should not consume alcohol after taking Sahamet XL. Alcohol may increase the blood pressure-lowering effects of this medicine and lead to low blood pressure.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 12th Nov 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.