27.02 Hydralazine (Apresoline)

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Generic Name

hydralazine

Trade Name

Apresoline

Indication

hypertension

Action

arterial vasodilation by unclarified mechanism

Therapeutic Class

anti-hypertensive

Pharmacologic Class

vasodilator

Nursing Considerations

• may cause tachycardia, sodium retention, arrhythmias, angina
• use caution with MAOIs
• monitor blood pressure
• instruct patient on how to take blood pressure

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