General Information on Lopressor
Lopressor is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure. This drug is also used for relieving symptoms of chest pain (angina). The generic name of this drug is Metoprolol. It comes under a category of drugs referred to as beta blockers.
Lopressor works by improving the circulation of blood. When blood is circulated efficiently the pressure on the heart decreases and it starts to beat more easily. This, in turn, helps in reducing increased blood pressure.
Lopressor is available in form of oral tablets which come in following two strengths, Lopressor 50 mg and Lopressor 100 mg. In addition to Metoprolol, oral tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: cellulose compounds, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, propylene glycol, talc, povidone, and sodium starch glycolate. Lopressor is also available in form 5 ml solution for intravenous use.
Side effects of Lopressor
You should not buy Lopressor if you have a known hypersensitivity to Metoprolol or are unable to urinate. In addition, patients who have the following conditions should also not buy Lopressor: a tumor of adrenal gland, a blood circulation disorder, a serious heart condition such as severe heart failure, sick sinus syndrome and AV block.
Before starting treatment inform your doctor if you have/had any of the following conditions: glaucoma, heart failure, bronchitis, asthma, gout, a thyroid disorder, diabetes, liver disease, lupus, or kidney disease. If you suffer from any of the above, your doctor may ask you to undergo certain tests to establish the safety of Metoprolol in your case.
Side effects of Lopressor may include, but are not limited to, the following: gastrointestinal stress, blurred vision, sore throat, ringing in the ears, vision problems, eye pain, increased urination, signs of liver damage (dark urine, black stools, yellowing of the eyes or skin, nausea, stomach pain), drowsiness, weakness, easy bruising, or uneven heartbeat.
Dosage of Lopressor
The recommended dosage for the treatment of hypertension is Lopressor 100 mg per day administered as a single dose or two equal doses. The recommended dosage range for relieving angina symptoms is 50 mg– 100 mg.
However, your actual dosage may be different from the recommended dosage. The actual dosage of this drug is calculated after taking into account various factors such as patient’s age, medical history, severity of the condition that is being treated, and response to the drug. It is imperative that you follow your doctor’s recommendation.
Lopressor may interact with various drugs. You should inform your doctor if you are taking the following drugs: alpha blockers (such as Phentolamine, Phenoxybenzamine, Labetolol, and others), calcium channel blockers (such as Nimodipine, Felodipine, Verapamil, Nicardipine, and others), certain antidepressants (such as Sertraline, Paroxetine, Duloxetine, and others), certain antipsychotic drugs (such as Thioridazine, Haloperidol, and Chlorpromazine), certain arrhythmia drugs (such as Quinidine, Disopyramide, Lidocaine, and others), or NSAIDs (Meloxicam, Naproxen, Ketorolac, and others).
The above list does not contain names of all drugs which may interact with Lopressor. This is why, it is necessary that you inform your doctor about all other drugs that you are taking.