Lopressor HCT is a combination of two components metoprolol tartrate and hydrochlorothiazide. The route of administration of this drug is oral. The dosage strength available is 50/25 mg and 100/25 mg.
Lopressor is used in treating high blood pressure or hypertension. When a patient has high blood pressure, work load is increased for the heart. When this situation sustains for a longer period, it would affect the functionality of the heart. It may cause destruction to the blood vessels in the brain, kidney as well as heart. This can in turn lead to heart attack, kidney failure or stroke. It is very essential to get treated to avoid these problems. Metoprolol tartrate is a beta blocker that affects certain natural chemicals like epinephrine in the heart. As a result of this, blood pressure is reduced. It also reduces the complications caused by diabetes. This increases the flow of blood as well as oxygen to the heart. Hydrochlorothiazide one of the main ingredients in Lopressor is diuretic, which decreases the amount of water in the body. This is done by increasing the urination thus lowering the blood pressure.
Lopressor can be taken by mouth with or without food. It is wise to take it regularly to get maximum benefit on the condition. The urination would be increased whilst taking this drug. To avoid the disturbance at night while sleeping, the medication can be taken three to four hours before bed time. If the patient missed the dose, it can be taken if it does not conflict with the next schedule of dose.
Before taking Lopressor, inform the healthcare providers if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or nursing a baby.
In some individuals, use of Lopressor may trigger side effects like vision problem, numbness, bleeding, restlessness, light-headed, dry mouth, hallucination, seizure, head ache, diarrhea, dizziness, and problem related to vision.
Interaction with other drugs
It is a hazard for the patients if the medications they take interact with each other hence it is very important not to consume those together. There are certain drugs that may cause interaction with Lopressor and some of them are Diltiazem, Arsenic Trioxide, Fenoldopam, Levomethadyl, Proscillaridin, Ouabain, Lidocaine, Rivastigmine as well as Digitalis. It is very essential to consult with the medico regarding all the medications that are taken. It also includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, herbal, dietary supplements as well as vitamin medicines.