Lopressor is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulatory system. Lopressor is used to reduce hypertension (high blood pressure), to treat chest pain (angina), to treat heart failure, and to reduce the risk that a heart attack will recur.
How To Use Lopressor
Take Lopressor exactly as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Take Lopressor with food or immediately following a meal. Never take more of this medication than is prescribed for you.
Lopressor Side Effects
This drug may cause following serious side effects : an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of your throat, swelling of your lips, tongue, or face, or hives), difficulty breathing, little or no urine, an irregular heartbeat or changes in your heartbeat, chest pain, severe dizziness or fainting, or signs of an infection including a sore throat or a fever. Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Lopressor and talk to your doctor if you experience mild dizziness or lightheadedness, headache, unusual fatigue or weakness, dry, tickling cough, muscle cramps, numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms, or legs, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, a rash, or impotence.
Tell you doctor if you have asthma, a heart problem such as low blood pressure, a slow heart rate, heart block, sick sinus syndrome, a pacemaker, heart failure, and others, diabetes, depression, thyroid disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or any type of circulatory disease. Lopressor should not be used without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy. As it might passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Ask your doctor Before breast-feeding a baby. Use alcohol cautiously. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Lopressor may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities and notify your doctor. Also use caution when rising from a sitting or lying position. Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Lopressor. Alcohol may further lower blood pressure and increase drowsiness and dizziness when you are taking Lopressor. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking Lopressor except under the supervision of your doctor. Heavy sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, or other causes of fluid loss may lead to very low blood pressure, dizziness, and fainting during therapy with Lopressor. Maintain proper fluid intake to prevent dehydration and related side effects.
Lopressor Drug Interactions
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you are using, especially : a heart medication such as nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), reserpine (Serpasil), verapamil (Calan, Verelan, Isoptin), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor XR), clonidine (Catapres), digoxin (Lanoxin), doxazosin (Cardura), guanadrel (Hylorel), prazosin (Minipress), or terazosin (Hytrin), a diabetes medication such as glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase, Glynase), glipizide (Glucotrol), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), or metformin (Glucophage), NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, others), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), ketoprofen (Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail), and others, a respiratory medication such as albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil, Volmax, others), bitolterol (Tornalate), metaproterenol (Alupent, Metaprel), pirbuterol (Maxair), terbutaline (Brethaire, Brethine, Bricanyl), the stomach medication cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB), or prescription or over-the-counter cough medicines, cold medicines, or diet pills. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Lopressor.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include a slow heart beat, shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, weakness, confusion, nausea, and vomiting.
Do not share Lopressor with others.
Lopressor Missed Dose
If you miss an Lopressor dosage, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store Lopressor at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture.
The following Informationrmation is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.