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Lopressor Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Lopressor is a type of medication known as a beta blocker and it is used for the treatment of high blood pressure, angina pectoris such as chest pain and heart attack. It is also effective when you will used it alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications. Because it decrease the rate of heart contractions by reducing the demand for oxygen and lowering blood pressure.

Lopressor Dosage

  • For the treatment of High Blood Pressure, the usual starting dosage of Lopressor is a total of 100 milligrams a day taken in 1 or 2 doses.
  • For the treatment of Angina Pectoris, the usual starting dosage is a total of 100 milligrams a day taken in 2 doses of Lopressor or a single dose of Toprol-XL.

Uses of Lopressor

  • It is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina such as chest pain and heart attack.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Lopressor

Before taken Lopressor medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Lopressor. Side effects may include:

  • Depression
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness

Warnings and precautions before taking Lopressor:

  • If you have a history of congestive heart failure, then you should be used this medication with caution.
  • You should not stop Lopressor abruptly. Because it may cause increased chest pain and heart attack. So you should be reduced dosage gradually.
  • If you suffer from asthma, seasonal allergies or other bronchial conditions, or liver disease, then you should also be used Lopressor with caution.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Lopressor with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lopressor with the following:

  • Albuterol
  • Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
  • Clonidine
  • Epinephrine
  • Fluoxetine
  • Hydralazine
  • Insulin
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Oral diabetes drugs
  • Propafenone
  • Quinidine
Overdose

After taken Lopressor if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Lopressor overdose include:

  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Coma
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shock


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