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methyldopa/meth·yl·do·pa/ (-do´pah) a phenylalanine derivative used in the treatment of hypertension.
A drug, C10H13NO4, used to treat hypertension.
an alpha2 receptor agonist that acts in the central nervous system to decrease sympathetic nervous system outflow.
indications It is prescribed for the reduction of hypertension in moderate to severe cases.
contraindications Use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors, liver dysfunction, or known hypersensitivity to this drug prohibits its use.
adverse effects Among the more serious adverse effects are liver toxicity and blood dyscrasias. Sedation, dry mouth, nasal stuffiness, and postural hypotension may occur.