Lopressor is a medicational treatment that can be used with or without the help of other medications in order to make it work better. It’s primary use is to treat blood pressure problems (hypertension). It’s very important that people take measures in order to keep their blood pressure levels down. When the levels get too high it can put you at risk for certain health problems that could be life changing and life threatening.
Some of these health risks would include the increases chance of having a stroke, which could leave you unable to speak correctly or move. Another would include the chance of heart attacks, the severity of which can range. Then you have kidney problems you can suffer from as a result. All of these should be avoided at all costs and one of the best ways to ensure this is the case is to control your blood pressure levels.
In addition to the above use, Lopressor can also be used in order to help people who have chest pains (angina) anf to help increase the chances of survival when someone has suffered from a heart attack.
Lopressor is a part of a group of medications known as beta blockers. The way these work is that their able to block out specific natural chemicals in the body like epinephrine, on the heart and the blood vessels. As a result of this, it’s going to lower the heart rate, lower blood pressure, as well as the amount of strain put on a persons heart.
Lopressor has other uses as well that a doctor can prescribe it to you for. People who suffuer from irregular heartbeats can use this treatment, as well as those who suffer from heart failure problems, migraine headaches, tremors and other conditions that a doctor will decide are right for giving you this drug.
If your doctor gives you a prescription for Lopressor, then what are some of the more common possible side effects you can suffer as a result?
Slow heartbeat may occur
Decreased sexual ability has been reported rarely
The above side effects are common in the beginning stages of taking Lopressor, but should subside as you get more accustomed to using it. If these side effects persist or become worse, then be sure to report it to your doctor or to a pharmacist.
You can also reduce the possibility of dizziness or lightheadedness by getting up slow when your sitting down or lying down.
What are some of the more serious potential side effects a person can face as a result of using this medication?
Can reduce blood flow in the hands and feet, causing them to feel cold.
Very slow heartbeat
New or worsening symptoms of heart failure (such as swelling ankles/feet, severe tiredness, shortness of breath, unexplained/sudden weight gain)
Mental/mood changes (such as confusion, mood swings, depression)
Serious allergic reactions
The above isn’t a complete set of side effects you can face when using Lopressor. You’ll have to monitor yourself and watch for anything abnormal. If you notice anything not listed above, then be safe and speak to a medical professional or a pharmacist right away.