Q: Can Artist (6.26 mg, twice daily) make blood sugar readings go extremely high? (250-400)
A: The prescribing information for Artist indicates that it can cause hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) in 5-12% of patients. Increased blood sugar monitoring is generally recommended. Contact your health care provider to review your blood sugar readings and make any necessary adjustments to your medications. Do not stop or change the amount of medications without talking to your health care provider first. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse. You may also find helpful information at //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Artist Sarah Lewis, PharmD
What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Artist?
Common side effects of Artist include:
Other side effects of Artist include:
Postmarketing side effects of Artist reported include:
- Blood and lymphatic system: Aplastic anemia
- Immune system: Hypersensitivity (e.g., severe allergic reactions , angioedema, hives) with Coreg and Coreg CR, including cases occurring after initiation of Coreg CR in patients previously treated with Coreg
- Kidneys and urinary tract: Urinary incontinence
- Respiratory system, thorax, and mediastinum: Interstitial pneumonitis
- Skin and subcutaneoustissue: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
Why it's used
Artist oral tablet is used to treat high blood pressure. It can also improve how well your heart works if you’ve had a heart attack or if you have heart failure.
This drug is approved to treat:
Alcohol interaction warning
Talk to your doctor before using alcohol while taking this medication. If you drink alcohol while taking Artist, your blood pressure may decrease to levels that are lower than normal. This can be dangerous.
Rated Artist for Cardiomyopathy Report
My ef was 25% after 2 years my ef was 50%. I did exercise water aerobics, treadmill 5x per wk for 30 min. The medication was a key factor along with COQ10,lcarnitine and flaxseed oil. After 1 year with only Artist, my ef was 35%. I did feel a lot better . After the second year, with exercise and supplements, I really felt my best.
Rated Artist for Left Ventricular Dysfunction Report
My cardiologist recommended Artist as part of my therapy to improve EF currently 40%. I take 3.12 mcg dosage in the morning and evening with food. I have only been on the regiment for a couple weeks. BP is 115/70 and pulse 50. This is a big improvement. Side effects so far - constipation and ringing in my ears. Otherwise fine.
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with asthma: If you have asthma or a related condition, you shouldn’t use this drug. A single dose of Artist can be fatal in people with asthma.
For people with heart problems:
- Second- or third-degree heart block: Artist can make your heart block worse.
- Heart rhythm problems: If you already have a heart rhythm problem, such as sick sinus syndrome, taking Artist can make it worse.
- Very low heart rate: This drug can slow down your heart rate even more, possibly to dangerously low levels. Don’t take Artist if you have a very low heart rate unless you have a permanent pacemaker.
- Cardiogenic shock or decompensated heart failure: People with shock or decompensated failure that requires the use of certain medications (inotropic therapy that’s administered into your veins) shouldn’t use this drug. It can make the condition worse.
- Chronic heart failure: Artist can worsen heart failure or fluid retention, especially during dosage increases. Artist can further decrease the force of contraction of your heart and slow down your heart rate. This may make your heart failure worse if your dosage is increased too quickly. Your doctor may need to lower your dosage or temporarily stop Artist if this happens.
For people with severe liver problems: You shouldn’t take this medication. It’s broken down by your liver. When your liver isn’t working properly, taking this medication can result in higher amounts of it in your body. This may lead to serious side effects, such as dangerously low blood pressure or slow heart rate.
For people with low blood pressure: Artist can cause dangerously low blood pressure that may cause you to lose consciousness.
For people with chronic bronchitis or emphysema: You shouldn’t take Artist or other beta-blockers. This drug can affect not only your heart, but also your lungs. Its effects in your lungs can lead to tightened airways, making it difficult for you to breath.
For people with diabetes: Artist can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and delay how long it takes for your blood sugar to return to normal. It may also mask the signs of low blood sugar. Use this drug with caution if you have diabetes, especially if you take insulin or other diabetes drugs that can cause low blood sugar. If you have diabetes and are taking this medication for heart failure, it may increase your blood sugar levels. You’ll need to monitor your blood sugar and your doctor will adjust your medications accordingly.
For people with peripheral vascular disease: Use caution if you have peripheral vascular disease and take Artist. This drug can make your symptoms worse.
For people with kidney problems: Artist can worsen your kidney function if you have heart failure. You’re at a higher risk if you have low blood pressure or heart or vascular disease. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function and may lower your dosage or stop your treatment with Artist.
For people with hyperactive thyroid: Artist can mask the symptoms of a hyperactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). If you stop taking Artist suddenly and have hyperthyroidism, your symptoms can get worse or you may develop a serious condition called thyroid storm
For people with pheochromocytoma: Take this medication with caution if you have this condition.
For people with Prinzmetal’s variant angina: If you have this condition (chest pain that occurs between midnight and the early morning), use caution if you take Artist.
For people with intraoperative floppy iris syndrome: Before receiving any type of cataract surgery, tell your doctor that you’re taking this drug. You’re at an increased risk of getting a condition called small pupil syndrome during surgery.
Before taking Artist, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heartbeat/heart rhythm problems (such as slow/irregular heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), severe heart failure requiring hospitalization, liver disease, kidney disease, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral vascular disease), serious allergic reactions including those needing treatment with epinephrine, overactive thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism), a certain type of tumor (pheochromocytoma), other heart problems (such as Prinzmetal's variant angina), a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis), certain eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause you to faint. This is most likely to occur within 1 hour after taking your dose, especially when you start Artist treatment or any time your doctor increases your dose. During these periods, avoid driving and doing hazardous tasks. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
If you have diabetes, this product may mask the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness and sweating, are unaffected by this drug. This product may also make it harder to control your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
People who wear contact lenses may have dry eyes while taking this medication.
Before having surgery (including cataract/glaucoma eye surgery), tell your doctor or dentist if you are taking or have ever taken this medication, and about all the other products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness and lightheadedness.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details.
It is unknown if Artist passes into breast milk. However, it is unlikely to pass into breast milk in large amounts. There is a low risk that it may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Rated Artist for Hypertension Report
I took this drug for several years at the lowest dosage. Then my BP went up and they increased my dosage, a few months later my BP rose again and they increased the dosage again. At that point I began to have chest pain and labored breathing with out of control BP. I ended up in ER. They reduced my BP and upped the medicine again and checked my heart with all manner of tests, all came back fine. Chest pain continued and became so dizzy I couldn't walk, passed out a couple of times. They took me off the Correg and it took about 2 weeks to get back to normal. My PB is going back up but not taking Correg.
Using Artist with certain diabetes drugs can make these diabetes drugs lower your blood sugar levels further. If you take these diabetes drugs with Artist, you’ll need to check your blood sugar regularly. Examples of these drugs include: