Lopressor is a beta-blocker which is used to treat angina and hypertension. It is also used to treat or prevent heart attack.
Lopressor is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). This medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains 2 medications, metoprolol (beta blocker) and hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic). This drug may also be used to treat heart failure.
Take Lopressor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take it at the same time every day. Metoprolol should be taken with food or just after a meal. Take this medication with a full glass of water. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. To prevent chest pain, a second heart attack, or migraine headaches, it is very important to take this medication regularly as prescribed.
Before taking Lopressor, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to other beta-blockers, if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pheochromocytoma, thyroid disorder. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or do any activity that requires alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages.
You should not use Lopressor if you are allergic to metoprolol, or if you have heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or slow heart rate. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Get emergency medical help if you have: fainting, nausea, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, hives, swelling of your face, lips, difficulty breathing, uneven heartbeats. Less serious side effects may include: nervousness, vomiting, impotence, sleep problems, diarrhea. Smoking may worsen this effect. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially: medicine for asthma (albuterol, theophylline, metaproterenol), digoxin, ritonavir, MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine, furazolidone), heart medications (diltiazem, reserpine, nifedipine), diuretics, terbinafine, diabetes medications (metformin, glipizide, insulin). Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal products you use.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are fainting, uneven heartbeats, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Store it in a tight container.
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