Metoprolol (generic Lopressor)

Brand Name Lopressor
Generic Name Metoprolol
Category Blood Pressure
Medication 25, 50 and 100 mg

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What is Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) and what are its uses ?
How does Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) Works (Mechanism) ?
Dosage: How should you take Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) ?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor)
Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) Warnings and Precautions.
Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) Side effects.

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What is Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) and what are its uses ?

Lopressor (Metoprolol) belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. Lopressor controls, but does not cure, high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure may not make you feel sick, but it can lead to serious heart problems.

Lopressor also relieves chest pain (angina) and can be helpful after a heart attack.

Lopressor is also used to improve symptoms in patients with other types of heart disease. 

How does Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) Works (Mechanism) ?

Lopressor belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers, which block beta-receptors in the heart, lungs and other organs of the body. Blocking these receptors prevents the action of two chemicals called noradrenaline and adrenaline that occur naturally in the body. These are often referred to as the 'fight or flight' chemicals as they are responsible for the body's reaction to stressful situations.

Blocking the beta-receptors in the heart causes the heart to beat more slowly and with less force. The heart therefore uses less energy and the pain of angina is prevented. Abnormal heart rhythms are also prevented.

Due to the heart beating more slowly and with less force, the pressure at which blood is pumped out of the heart to the rest of the body is reduced. This is just one of the ways in which beta blockers help to reduce blood pressure, however the whole mechanism is not fully understood.

Lopressor is used to decrease symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating and tremor, which are associated with thyrotoxicosis.

Lopressor is also used to prevent migraine, although it is not fully understood how Lopressor works in this area. 

Dosage: How should you take Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) ?

Take Lopressor tablets orally.

Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Take Lopressor tablets with or immediately after meals. Take your Lopressor doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.

Adults
Dosages of Lopressor should be individualized by your doctor. It should be taken with or immediately following meals.

High Blood Pressure
The usual starting dosage of Lopressor is a total of 100 milligrams a day taken in 1 or 2 doses, whether taken alone or with a diuretic.

Angina Pectoris
The usual starting dosage is a total of 100 milligrams a day taken in 2 doses of Lopressor.

Generally, the effectiveness of each dosage increase will be seen within a week. If treatment is to be discontinued, your doctor will withdraw the drug gradually over a period of 1 to 2 weeks.

Heart Attack
Lopressor can be used for treatment of heart attack both in the hospital during the early phases and after the individual's condition has stabilized. Your doctor will determine the dosage according to your needs.

Heart Failure
The recommended starting dose of Lopressor is 25 milligrams once daily for 2 weeks (12.5 milligrams in severe cases). Your doctor will double the dose of Lopressor every 2 weeks up to the highest level that works without side effects. The maximum recommended dose of Lopressor is 200 milligrams daily.

Children
The safety and effectiveness of Lopressor have not been established in children.

Have you skipped your Lopressor dose?
If you miss a dose of Lopressor, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose of Lopressor, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses of Lopressor. There should be at least 4 hours between doses of Lopressor, (or 8 hours if taking extended-release products).

If you take too much of Lopressor?
Incase of an overdose with Lopressor seek medical emergency immediately.
Symptoms of Lopressor overdose include
  • slow heart beat,
  • shortness of breath,
  • fainting,
  • dizziness,
  • weakness,
  • confusion,
  • nausea, and
  • vomiting
Where should you store Lopressor?
Store Lopressor out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store Lopressor at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused amount of Lopressor after the expiry date.

Available strengths of Lopressor
Lopressor tablets
are available in the strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. 

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor)

The following drugs should not be taken with Lopressor. They may increase or decrease the activity of Lopressor

Inform your health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way Lopressor works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

Who should not take Lopressor?
Lopressor should not be used if you suffer from severe bradycardia, hypotension, heart failure, metabolic acidosis, or heart block (defect of the heart's electrical message pathways resulting in decreased function of the heart).

Lopressor is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Lopressor will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Lopressor without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Lopressor passes into breast milk in small amounts and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take Lopressor without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. 

Lopressor should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using Lopressor and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) Warnings and Precautions.

Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking Lopressor. Ask your prescriber or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her.

Do not stop taking Lopressor suddenly. This could lead to serious heart-related effects.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how metoprolol affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly. Alcohol can make you drowsier, and increase flushing and rapid heartbeats. Therefore, it is best to avoid alcoholic drinks.

Lopressor can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking Lopressor.

Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor) Side effects.

Side effects of Lopressor that should be reported to your health care professional as soon as possible:

  • anxiety
  • cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet
  • difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • dizziness or fainting spells
  • increase in the amount of urine passed
  • increased thirst
  • irregular heartbeat
  • skin rash
  • slow heart rate (fewer than recommended by your prescriber or health care professional)
  • sweating
  • swollen legs or ankles
  • tremor, shakes
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Side effects of Lopressor that should be reported to your health care professional if they continue or are bothersome:

  • diarrhea
  • dry itching skin
  • headache
  • nausea
  • sexual difficulties, impotence
  • unusual tiredness