Lopressor is used in a patient who already had a heart attack to reduce the risk of death in such patients. It is a selective beta-1 blocker. It works on the heart and decreases heart rate. It also prevents the release of renin in the kidney (a hormone which causes vessels constriction) and so dilates and relaxes vessels, which lowers blood pressure to normal and increases the supply of oxygen and blood to the heart.
It is available in a solution form and only with your doctor’s prescription.
To use Lopressor properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
A doctor or a trained health professional will inject this medicine through the needle into your vein. Injection form of Metoprolol is only infused till your condition improves.
Once you are able to take the medicine you will be switched to an oral form of Metoprolol.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Lopressor, there are some precautions you must take.
Your doctor should check your daily progress at regular visits.
This drug may cause heart failure in some patients. Inform your doctor if you are having chest pain or discomfort, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, swelling of the face, hands, legs and sudden weight gain.
These are signs of heart failure. Your doctor will gradually reduce the dose of this drug before stopping it completely. It is dangerous to suddenly stop taking the drug.
Your blood sugar level may change while using this drug. It can also suppress signs of low blood sugar level such as high pulse rate.
It may decrease alertness level in some people, do not do work which requires alertness such as driving, using machines or sharp objects until you know how you react to this drug.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Metoprolol before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
While using Metoprolol get up slowly from lying or sitting position as you may feel Dizziness, lightheadedness, or even fainting on sudden rising up from bed or chair.
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