- Baratol Tablet can occasionally cause your blood pressure to drop when you move from a lying down or sitting position to sitting or standing, especially when you first start taking the medicine. This may make you feel dizzy or unsteady and may rarely cause fainting. To avoid this, take care when moving from lying down to sitting or standing, particularly if you wake up in the night - try getting up slowly. If you do feel dizzy, sit or lie down until the symptoms pass.
- This medicine may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If affected you should not perform potentially hazardous activities such as driving or operating machinery.
- You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine, because it may increase the absorption of indoramin from the gut and could therefore increase its effects. If you do feel sleepy or dizzy while taking this medicine this is also likely to be made worse by drinking alcohol.
- If you are scheduled to have eye surgery for cataracts it is important to let your eye specialist know if you are or have been taking this medicine. This is because this type of medicine may make your pupil dilate poorly and the iris (the coloured circular part of the eye) becomes floppy during the procedure. The specialist needs to know if you have been taking this medicine so they can take appropriate precautions with the medicines and techniques they use during the surgery. You may be asked to stop taking this medicine for a period of time before cataract surgery. Check with your doctor.
- You should not take this medicine if you have a known sensitivity or allergy to any of its ingredients.
- This medicine is not recommended to be taken during pregnancy unless otherwise it's considered essential by your doctor or healthcare professional. Also if you're breastfeeding, seek medical advice from your doctor before taking Baratol.
Use with caution in:
- Elderly people
- Decreased kidney function
- Decreased liver function
- Parkinson's disease
- History of depression
Not to be used in:
- Heart failure
- People taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs - see end of factsheet for more details)
- This medicine is not recommended for people who have ever fainted after passing urine (micturition syncope), or who suffer from drops in blood pressure that cause dizziness when moving from lying or sitting to standing (postural hypotension)
- This medicine is not recommended for use in children