Vecamyl

(mecamylamine)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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Vecamyl (mecamylamine) is a very potent blood pressure-lowering medication for moderate, severe, and emergency high blood pressure. However, it requires closer monitoring until an appropriate dose is determined.

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Quick facts about Vecamyl
  • Drug class: cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Vecamyl (mecamylamine) is a good option for emergency high blood pressures situations and blood pressure resistant to other treatments.
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Downsides

  • High cost with no generic substitute available.
  • Suddenly stopping to take Vecamyl (mecamylamine) can sometimes cause deadly strokes or heart failure.
  • The action of Vecamyl (mecamylamine) can be increased by excessive heat, fever, infection, pregnancy, diarrhea, vomitting, vigorous exercise and sweating.
  • Higher risk of dizziness compared to other blood pressure lowering medicines.
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How it works

Vecamyl (mecamylamine) works on the nervous system to reduce signals to the heart and arteries that cause high blood pressure.

Quick facts about Vecamyl
  • Drug class: cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Vecamyl (mecamylamine) for High blood pressure

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Urinary retention
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
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Side effect rates for Vecamyl (mecamylamine)

Risks and Warnings for Vecamyl (mecamylamine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People with a history of kidney damage or kidney disease
    • Higher doses of Vecamyl (mecamylamine)

    Kidney damage might prevent the body from removing Vecamyl (mecamylamine) properly, therefore increasing risk of side effects. If you have a history of kidney conditions, let your doctor know. If you notice a tremor, experience strange uncontrollable movements, or notice changes in your thoughts, mood, or memory, talk to your doctor.

Common concerns from people taking Vecamyl (mecamylamine)

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Price
  • High cost with no generic substitute available.
Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol while taking Vecamyl (mecamylamine).
Kidneys and liver
  • Kidney damage might prevent the body from removing Vecamyl (mecamylamine) properly, therefore increasing risk of side effects. If you have a history of kidney conditions, let your doctor know. If you notice a tremor, experience strange uncontrollable movements, or notice changes in your thoughts, mood, or memory, talk to your doctor.