What you should know about Lopressor. Read on.
WHAT IS LOPRESSOR?
Lopressor is a beta-blocker used to treat chest pain and high blood pressure. It is also used after an acute heart attack to improve survival. High blood pressure reduction helps prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. This drug works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in your body such as epinephrine on the heart and blood vessels.
GENERIC NAME: Metropolol tartrate
BRAND NAME: Lopressor
Lopressor is available in a form of tablets and injection. It is in 50-100mg tablets. It is capsule-shaped, biconvex, light blue and pink, should be stored at room temperature and protect from moisture. In injection form, it is supplied in 5ml, each containing 5mg of metropolol tartrate. It should also be stored at room temperature and protect from light. Lopressor should be taken after meals and should take it at the same time everyday. If you miss taking it in a day, don’t double dose it the next day, just return to your regular dosage a day.
WARNING FOR PATIENTS
If you have chest pain (angina) or have heart disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, ischemic heart disease, high blood pressure), do not stop using this drug without first consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. If your doctor decides you should no longer use this drug, you must gradually decrease your dose according to your doctor’s instructions.
Patients should avoid operating automobiles and machinery or any task requiring alertness until your response to therapy with lopressor has been determined. Patients should also inform the physician or dentist that you are taking lopressor before taking any surgery.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects includes low blood pressure, dizziness, tiredness, short-term memory loss, depression, confusion, headaches, vomiting, rashes, itching, diarrhea, shortness of breath, slow heart rate, heart block and heart failure.
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS.
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