Tablets: 50 milligrams,
Tablets: 100 milligrams,
Tablets: 200 milligrams.
Lopressor is prescribed for patients with high blood pressure (hypertension).
Lopressor is prescribed to treat chest pain (angina pectoris) related to coronary artery disease.
Lopressor is prescribed in slowing and regulating certain types of abnormally rapid heart rates (tachycardias).
Other uses for Lopressor include the prevention of migraine headaches and the treatment of certain types of tremors (familial or hereditary essential tremors).
Lopressor, a type of medication known as a beta blocker, is prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina pectoris (chest pain, usually caused by lack of oxygen to the heart due to clogged arteries), and heart attack. When prescribed for high blood pressure, it is effective when prescribed alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications. Beta blockers decrease the force and rate of heart contractions, thereby reducing the demand for oxygen and lowering blood pressure.
Occasionally doctors prescribe Lopressor for the treatment of aggressive behavior, prevention of migraine headache, and relief of temporary anxiety.
An extended-release form of this drug, called Toprol-XL, is prescribed for high blood pressure, angina, and heart failure.
Lopressor is generally well tolerated, side effects are mild and transient.
Rare side effects include:
- Sore throat;
- Slow heart rate;
- Shortness of breath;
- Memory loss;
- Low blood pressure;
- Cold extremities;
- Abdominal cramps;
Lopressor side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Slow Heartbeat;
- Shortness Of Breath;
Dosages of Lopressor should be individualized by your doctor. It should be taken with or immediately following meals.
High Blood Pressure
The usual starting dosage of Lopressor is a total of 100 mg a day taken in 1 or 2 doses, whether taken alone or with a diuretic. The initial dosage of Toprol-XL ranges from 50 to 100 mg once a day. Your doctor may gradually increase the dosage up to 400 mg a day. Generally, the effectiveness of each dosage increase will be seen within a week.
The usual starting dosage is a total of 100 mg a day taken in 2 doses of Lopressor or a single dose of Toprol-XL. Your doctor may gradually increase the dosage up to 400 mg a day.
Generally, the effectiveness of each dosage increase will be seen within a week. If treatment is to be discontinued, your doctor will withdraw the drug gradually over a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
Lopressor can be prescribed for treatment of heart attack both in the hospital during the early phases and after the individual's condition has stabilized. Your doctor will determine the dosage according to your needs.
The recommended starting dose of Toprol-XL is 25 mg once daily for 2 weeks (12.5 mg in severe cases). Your doctor will double the dose every 2 weeks up to the highest level that works without side effects. The maximum recommended dose is 200 mg daily.
The safety and effectiveness of Lopressor have not been established in children.