Generic Name: Lopressor
What is Lopressor?
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens for example, if your routine blood pressure readings remain high or increase, if your chest pain or migraines occur more often.
Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, and slow heartbeat may occur. Decreased sexual ability has been reported rarely.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. This drug may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold.
Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid tobacco use. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
Metoprolol is approved for use, in the United States, for the treatment of high blood pressure, both as a single medication or in combination with other blood pressure medications. Metoprolol is also approved for the long-term treatment of angina chest pain. Metoprolol is also approved to increase the chance that a person will live longer after suffering from a heart attack. Food and Drug Administration FDA approved uses for metoprolol. Metoprolol works by slowing the heart rate and relaxing blood vessels, which allows for smoother blood flow.
Lisinopril Prinivil, Zestril is classified in a medication class called angiotensin-converting enzyme ACE inhibitors. Lisinopril is approved to treat high blood pressure, both as a single medication or in combination with other blood pressure medications.
Lisinopril is also approved as add on therapy for the management of heart failure in people who are not responding to other medications. Lisinopril is also approved to use along with other treatments to improve survival in people who have just had a heart attack.
Lisinopril works by decreasing certain natural substances in the body, which allows for widening of blood vessels, leading to smoother blood flow. Both metoprolol and lisinopril may be used for other medical conditions.
Derek Dore, PharmDQ: I am a 56 year old female. My doctor has me on 3 high blood pressure medications.
How should I take Lopressor?
Rarely, a pet may faint. Metoprolol should be used with caution in animals with congestive heart failure. Metoprolol may interact with other medications. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with metoprolol. Such drugs include furosemide, insulin and calcium channel blockers drugs diltiazem, verapamil, amlodipine.
Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian. A low dose is generally started and gradually increased every 2 weeks.
What should I avoid while taking Lopressor?
Patients who choose to take CoQ10 concurrently with antihypertensive medications should receive periodic blood pressure monitoring. Patients should be advised to inform their prescriber of their use of CoQ10. Conivaptan: There is potential for additive hypotensive effects when conivaptan is coadministered with antihypertensive agents. Crizotinib: Bradycardia has been reported in patients treated with crizotinib, which may be exacerbated when crizotinib is administered concomitantly with agents known to cause bradycardia, such as beta-blockers.
This combination should be avoided if possible. In addition, concomitant use of crizotinib and carvedilol may result in altered concentrations of either drug. CYP2D6 inhibitors, such as ritonavir, may impair metoprolol metabolism.
Lopressor side effects
Lopresor may change how well your diabetes is controlled. It may also prevent some of the warning signs of low blood sugar, such as fast heart beat, and may make low blood sugar last longer. The dose of your diabetes medicines may need to be changed. If you plan to have surgery and will need an anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Lopresor. This will help your doctor to prevent unwanted side effects such as a sudden drop in blood pressure.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Lopresor. Tell any other doctor, dentist or pharmacist who treats you that you are taking Lopresor. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the amount of Lopresor you are taking before stopping it completely.
Common Lopressor ide effects may include:
Because coronary artery disease is common and may be unrecognized, it may be prudent not to discontinue Lopressor therapy abruptly even in patients treated only for hypertensionContributors Anyssa Garza received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Sometimes this can slow your heartbeat to a dangerously low level. This can even lead to complete stoppage of the heart. Extreme fatigue: Metoprolol slows your heart rate and the flow of blood to your brain, arms, and legs. This can make you feel tired. Some people have experienced tiredness that gets progressively worse each day.
Where can I get more information?
Q: I am taking metoprolol for high blood pressure and it is lowering my heart rate.
Metoprolol is part of a group of medications called beta blockers that work to help blood vessels relax allowing for decrease in blood pressure and decreasing the workload of the heart.