Lopressor is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina pectoris. It may also be prescribed for the treatment of aggressive behavior, prevention of migraine headache or for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Take Lopressor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. However, it may also be taken with food or immediately after you have eaten.
If you miss a dose of Lopressor and if it is within 4 hours of your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. But never take a double dose ever.
Store Lopressor at room temperature away from light and heat. Protect from moisture.
Some of the typical symptoms of a Lopressor overdose include asthma-like symptoms, coma, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, shock, slow heartbeat and stopped heart. So seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Maintain caution while using this drug if you have congestive heart failure, asthma, seasonal allergies or liver disease. Discuss your medical history in detail with your doctor before using this drug.
Do not use Lopressor if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Lopressor ;
you have a very slow heart rate condition (eg, bradycardia, AV block); heart failure controlled by diuretics (eg, furosemide) and digoxin; or very low systolic blood pressure (less than 100 mm Hg);
you are taking Mibefradil.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Patients being treated for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel normal. Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
If you have angina (chest pain) or have had other heart problems, do not suddenly stop taking Lopressor without first consulting your doctor. If your doctor decides you should no longer use Lopressor, you will need to stop Lopressor gradually according to your doctor's instructions.
If your doctor has instructed you to check your blood pressure and heart rate regularly, be sure to do so.
Do not take any medicines used to treat colds or congestion without first consulting with your doctor or pharmacist.
Diabetes patients - Lopressor may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Lopressor before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
Lab tests, including liver and kidney function, blood pressure, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Lopressor . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
Use Lopressor with extreme caution in children; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lopressor while you are pregnant. Lopressor is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lopressor , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
blurred vision; cold hands and feet; confusion; constipation; depression; diarrhea; dizziness; dry mouth/eyes; gas; hair loss; headache; heartburn; itching; lightheadedness; mild drowsiness; muscle aches; nausea; nightmares; ringing in the ears; short-term memory loss; sleeplessness; stomach pain; unusual tiredness or weakness.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fainting; pounding in the chest; swelling of the arms, hands, and feet; wheezing; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Lopressor is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.