Lopressor
DESCRIPTION

Lopressor is a common medication used to treat hypertension. This drug can be used alongside other hypertension medications as well. Lopressor is also known as Metoprolol.

How it works

This drug belongs to a group of medications known as beta blockers. These drugs work by blocking certain chemicals in the body as well as the heart and blood vessels. Beta blockers mainly influence chemicals such as neurotransmitters, especially epinephrine.

Uses

The primary use of Lopressor is its ability to treat high blood pressure. By reducing high blood pressure, the drug reduces the risk of developing various conditions such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.

Dosage

The drug is usually taken 1-3 times a day. Your dosage can differ according to the way your respond to the treatment. This medication can be taken before or after having your meals. To reduce the risk of side effects, your physician might ask you to start with a small dosage. Do not try to increase the dose on your own to enhance the effectiveness of the medication. Doing so will not make your condition improve faster. Instead, it can lead to adverse effects.

If you are taking this medication to treat hypertension, it can take a few weeks before you begin to experience the effects of the drug. It is essential for you to continue the treatment even if you feel normal and healthy. Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your healthcare provider.

If your condition does not improve or deteriorates despite your efforts, you need to inform your physician immediately.

Side effects

Take a look at the following symptoms which you may or may not experience during the course of the treatment.

Drowsiness
Dizziness
Tiredness
Diarrhea
Slow heartbeat
Lightheadedness
Reduced sexual ability
Reduced blood flow to the hands and feet

Although some of these side effects occur very rarely, it is important for you to be on the lookout for all these possible side effects.

Precautions

If you wish to avoid the adverse effects of this medication, it is important for you to follow the advice given below.

Before you take this drug, check whether you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Brief your healthcare provider about your past and present medical conditions.
If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar level on a regular basis.
Avoid driving or operating machinery after taking a dose since you may be drowsy or dizzy.
Limit alcohol usage since it can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.
Do not skip or miss your doses. Take your medication at the same time every day to help you remember.

Self-care

Although it is possible to consume Lopressor during the period of pregnancy, it is important for you to take it only during the most crucial times. Do not follow your regular schedule since overusing this medication can affect the baby adversely.

This drug can easily pass into breast milk. Therefore, nursing your child during the treatment period is not a wise idea. Speak to your physician and discuss the risks and benefits of continuing breastfeeding during the treatment period. This discussion will enable you to come to the right decision.

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