Lopressor is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure and other conditions. Lopressor contains an active ingredient called Metoprolol Tartrate. Metoprolol Tartrate belongs to the class of drugs known as beta-blockers. It works by slowing down the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body.
Lopressor is used to treat various conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain (angina), and heart attacks (myocardial infarction). In some cases, it may also be used to prevent migraines. It can help to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious health issues.
Uses and Dosage
Lopressor is typically taken orally, either once or twice per day as directed by a healthcare professional. It is important to follow the dosage instructions carefully and to take the medication at the same time each day to ensure consistent levels of the drug in the body. As with all medications, it is important to talk to your doctor before using Lopressor to determine if it is safe and appropriate for your specific health needs.
The recommended dosage of Lopressor (metoprolol) for different conditions may vary based on several factors, including your age, medical history, and overall health.
- The typical dose to treat high blood pressure is 100-450 mg by mouth in divided doses daily.
- The typical dose to treat chest pain is 100-400 mg by mouth in 2 divided doses daily.
- The typical dose for early treatment of a heart attack is 50 mg by mouth every 6 hours for 48 hours.
- The typical dose for late treatment of a heart attack is 100 mg by mouth twice a day for at least 3 months.
Common Side Effects of Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate):
- Memory problems
- Mild itching or rash
- Tired feeling
- Trouble sleeping
Serious Side Effects of Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate):
- Cold feeling in your hands and feet
- Rapid weight gain, and
- Shortness of breath
- Very slow heartbeats
Form and Strength
Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- 100 mg
Metoprolol Tartrate: Tablet
- 25 mg
- 37.5 mg
- 50 mg
- 75 mg
- 100 mg
- If you suddenly stop taking metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor), it may increase your risk of an irregular or rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, reduced blood flow to the heart, chest pain, or heart attack.
- If you are taking metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor) and have thyroid disease, it may be difficult to recognize the signs of hyperthyroidism, such as a fast heart rate. Talk to your doctor before stopping metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor) suddenly, as this could exacerbate thyroid problems.
- Make sure to inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies to metoprolol or other beta-blockers (such as atenolol, or propranolol) before taking this medication as it may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other issues.
- During pregnancy, metoprolol should only be used when absolutely necessary, as it may harm an unborn baby. The risks and benefits of taking the medication during pregnancy should be discussed with a doctor.
- Metoprolol can cause dizziness and drowsiness, avoid driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness until you are certain of how the medicine affects you.
- Alcohol and cannabis may exacerbate these side effects, limit alcohol consumption, and speak with your doctor if you are using cannabis.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does Lopressor work?
Lopressor is classified as a beta-blocker. It works by slowing down the heart rate, which reduces the workload on the heart and improves blood flow through the body’s blood vessels.
How is Lopressor typically taken?
Lopressor is typically taken orally, either once or twice per day as directed by a healthcare professional. It is important to follow the dosage instructions carefully and to take the medication at the same time each day to ensure consistent levels of the drug in the body.
Are there any interactions with other medications?
Yes, Lopressor may interact with other medications, so it is important to inform your doctor about all medications you are currently taking. Some medications that may interact with Lopressor include other beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, or insulin and other diabetes medications.
Can Metoprolol be taken during pregnancy?
Metoprolol is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about alternative treatment options.