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Brand name: Diazoxide (DBL) TM

Active ingredients: diazoxide

What it is used for

Diazoxide is a non-diuretic antihypertensive agent. It is administered by rapid IV injection for emergency reduction of blood pressure in patients with malignant hypertension when prompt and urgent decrease in diastolic pressure is required. Diazoxide Injection BP is recommended in the treatment of hypertensive crises associated with acute glomerular nephritis, acute hypertensive encephalopathy, cerebral haemorrhage or congestive heart failure. Diazoxide is usually effective in patients with refractory hypertension not responsive to other agents. It has also been used in the treatment of chronic hypertension to control elevated blood pressure before commencement of therapy with oral antihypertensive agents. In order to reduce the danger of haemorrhage due to elevated blood pressure, Diazoxide Injection BP may be used in hypertensive patients undergoing diagnostic procedures such as renal biopsy or arteriography

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear colourless solution

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient diazoxide

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Reporting side effects

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