Reduce your Heart related problems With Lopressor
What is Lopressor?
Lopressor is a type of medication known as a beta-blocker. Typically beta blocking drugs are used to treat chest pain (angina) and high blood pressure. They can also help patients who have suffered from an acute heart attack, and have been shown to improve survival rates if taken for this condition. A program of high blood pressure reduction may reduce the chances of patients developing strokes, further heart attacks and kidney problems. There are also some secondary uses for Lopressor, for which it may be prescribed by a health care professional. These include irregular heartbeat, heart failure, migraine headache prevention, tremors and other conditions as determined by the physician.
How does Lopressor work?
This drug works by inhibiting the action of certain chemicals which are naturally occurring in the body, an example of which is epinephrine. This chemical signals the heart to pump harder, which in turn increases blood pressure, and opens the air passages in the lungs, narrowing blood vessels in the skin and intestine to increase blood flow to major muscle groups. The action of Lopressor results in reduction heart rate, blood pressure, and consequently reduces strain on the heart. Clinical studies have revealed that Lopressor is particularly effective when used in combination with thiazide-type diuretics.
The first aim of a course of Lopressor treatment is to reduce the negative aspects which are presented in various forms of cardiovascular disease. Left untreated these conditions can prove fatal. There are different ways to approach the use of this medication depending on the heart problem of the patient.
For example, in cases of hypertension, Lopressor tablets are the right choice in the dosage recommended by the doctor. A benefit of this medication is that they can be used either alone or in combination with other anti-hypertension drugs.
In case you suffer from angina pectoris only, Lopressor proves useful as part of a long-term treatment, and beneficial results are not likely to appear immediately.
Last but not least, Lopressor is also prescribed for the prevention of myocardial infarction. Lopressor shots may be administered even in the acute phase of the condition in a three or ten-day interval of the crisis.
How to take Lopressor?
Lopressor medication should only be taken exactly as prescribed by the Doctor. This drug should never be taken in larger amounts or for any period other than recommended by the physician. It also must be taken routinely, at the same time daily, preferably with food or right after a meal, with a full glass of water.
Remember that while Lopressor medication is effective in the treatment of heart conditions, it cannot work alone. It should be seen as part of a complete treatment program, which includes exercise, diet, and weight control.
Lopressor Side Effects
It is important to note that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is perceived to be significantly greater than the risk of any side effects. Many people using this medication do not have any serious side effects.
However, there is a slight possibility that you may experience some of the following symptoms as your body accustomizes itself to your taking the drug:
- Drowsiness or tiredness
- Unusual dreams
- Vision related problems
If any of the above side effects continue or worsen, you should notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. This drug may also cause a reduction of blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect, so this should be avoided.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
symptoms of a very slow heartbeat (e.g., persistent dizziness, fainting, unusual fatigue), bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes, numbness/tingling/swelling of the hands or feet, decreased sexual ability, reversible hair loss, mental/mood changes, trouble breathing, cough, unexplained or sudden weight gain, increased thirst, increased urination.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever, yellowing skin or eyes, stomach pain, dark urine, persistent nausea.
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Lopressor and Pregnancy
Lopressor is a class C drug which means there is limited human data on safety in pregnancy. In general most doctors feel it is safe during pregnancy. However You should always discuss any concerns with your doctor. If you’re already taking Lopressor when you are considering getting pregnant, or discover that you are already pregnant, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible to make sure that all risk-factors are taken into consideration, as to whether to start, stop or continue taking the drug.