Lopressor review

Lopressor is often used in the treatment of chest pain and hypertension. It is also used both in the treatment of and the prevention of heart attacks. Lopressor is a beta blocker which relaxes the blood vessels and assists the circulation of blood. Lopressor can be prescribed generically as metoprolol. Patients should never abruptly stop taking Lopressor, as the sudden stopping of this medication may make the condition being treated worse.

Patients with other health conditions may not be able to take this medication. The prescribing physician should make sure that the patient does not have a conflicting health condition prior to prescribing Lopressor. Patients with a medical history which includes pheochromocytoma, heart conditions including but not limited to sick sinus syndrome, heart block, and slow heart rate, and circulation issues such as Reynaud’s syndrome can not take Lopressor. Patients that have a medical history which includes congestive heart failure, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, myasthenia gravis, depression, low blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, or a thyroid disorder may or may not be able to tolerate Lopressor, depending on the condition as well as its severity. Some patients may simply require special monitoring, tests, or dosing while taking Lopressor.

Lopressor was evaluated and rated by the American Food and Drug Administration as a category C pregnancy risk. Lopressor has been proven to cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies and has been proven to pass through breast milk ad cause harm to nursing infants. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take Lopressor. Women who become pregnant during drug therapy with Lopressor should contact the physician without delay.

Lopressor should be taken only as it ahs been prescribed and the dosage should never be altered without a physician’s consent. In the event a patient misses a dose of Lopressor, the dose should be taken as soon as possible unless there is less than 4 hours before the next scheduled dose. If there is less than 4 hours before the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped and normal dosing should resume thereafter. Patients who take too much Lopressor may experience an overdose. Patients should never take a double dose of Lopressor to make up for missed medication. Symptoms of an overdose may include weakness, fainting, dizziness, slow heart rate, uneven heart rate, blue tinted fingernails and toe nails, shortness of breath, and convulsions or seizures and require immediate medical attention.

Side effects may occur and in a small percentage of patients, side effects may be severe. Patients may experience symptoms including allergic reactions (swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, and hives), shortness of breath, slow heart rate, uneven heart rate, swelling of the lower extremities, feeling lightheaded, fainting, depression, cold and clammy extremities, and nausea accompanied by loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, stomach pain, low fever, and jaundice. Symptoms such as these or any that cause serious health complications require immediate medical intervention.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur and may include vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, and sexual dysfunction and a loss of sexual interest. Less serious side effects associated with Lopressor do not require medical attention but should be discussed with the doctor as part of follow up management. Often reducing the dosage of Lopressor can help alleviate some side effects.

Certain medications may cause serious interactions with Lopressor and patients should never take any new medications without first consulting with a health care professional. Some medications may decrease the effectiveness of other medications. Lopressor has been proven to interact with digoxin, clonidine, ritonavir, terbinafine, medications to prevent and treat malaria, medications used in the treatment of mental illness and depression, MAO inhibitors, insulin, oral diabetes medications, asthma medications, heart medications, diuretics, cold medicines, stimulants, and diet pills.

Patients who are taking Lopressor should avoid drinking alcohol and should avoid over the counter or prescription medications known to cause sleepiness. Lopressor may inhibit the patient’s ability to react quickly and think clearly and patients should be urged to use care when operating machinery and driving a car especially in the first week of treatment.

Lopressor has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of lopressor

• Molecular formula of lopressor is C15H25NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[4-(2-methoxyethyl)phenoxy]-3-(1-methylethylamino)propan-2-ol
• Molecular weight is 267.364 g/mol
Lopressor available : 50mg tablets, 100mg tablets

Generic name: Metoprolol

Brand name(s): Beloc, Betaloc, Lopresor, Lopresoretic, Metroprolol, Prelis, Selo-Zok, Seloken, Selopral, Toprol, Toprol XL

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