Lopressor / Betaloc and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Lopressor / Betaloc 50mg and/or Equivalents||Apo-Metoprolol, Lopresor, Metoprolol|
|Lopressor / Betaloc 100mg and/or Equivalents||Apo-Metoprolol, Lopresor, Metoprolol|
Betaloc is an oral medication used to treat a variety of chest and blood pressure problems. Betaloc is also known as Toprol XL, Lopressor, Metoprolol Succinate, Prolomet or Tartrate. The active and prime ingredient is Metoprolol. The medicine belongs to the category of beta-blockers. In general, beta-blockers are used to treat several types of health problems and can treat patients with hypertension, angina pectoris, cardiac arrthymias and in certain cases even in heart failure. It is a small white circular tablet that is administered commonly to heart patients.
Conditions Treated by Betaloc
Betaloc medication is often prescribed to treat patients suffering from high blood pressure or chest pain. It usually works by treating the nerves response to impulses. This helps heal patients with acute chest or heart pain. It is usually administered to patients suffering from long term chest pain. The medicine is usually prescribed along with other medicines to lower blood pressure. It is also used in the treatment of heart attacks (to prevent future attacks in heart patients). Sometimes, doctors may choose to prescribe Betaloc to patients who suffer from severe migraine headaches. That is because Betaloc helps in preventing future migraine attacks. Depending on a patient’s illness and medical history, Betaloc may also be prescribed for other illnesses too.
Betaloc Dosage Information
a.) Typical dosage recommendations
The dosage recommendations vary depending on the patient’s illness. Betaloc is available in different doses. Patients who are being treated for blood pressure related problems are usually prescribed one 50mg or 100mg tablet once a day for a few weeks. The duration differs depending on the extent of the health problem. Patients who are suffering from Angina Pectoris are usually recommended 50mg or 100mg tablets 2 or 3 times a day for a few weeks. Patients who are being treated for migraine attacks are prescribed 50mg or 75mg tablets twice a day. The medication helps in the prevention of future migraines.
b.) Missing a dose
It is normal to miss your medication once in a way. As soon as you realize that you have missed a dose you must immediately have a replacement dose. However, if you realize that you have missed a dose when it is almost time for the next dose then take only one tablet. Never take two Betaloc pills at the same time. If you do, it might result in an overdose.
It is important to follow the dosage recommendations of the doctor. Larger quantities of the medication can cause severe health problems. If you take more than the required quantity you may experience sudden shortness of breath, changes in pulse or heart beat, weakness and confusion. When you realize that you have overdosed on this medication, it is important to contact the doctor for immediate medical care. In certain cases patients may need to be hospitalized.
It is not advisable to stop the medication suddenly. It is better to reduce the dosage slowly before completely stopping the medication. Betaloc needs to be administered with care. Patients may be advised a particular dosage for about a week. After a period of 7 to 8 days they must change the dose as advised by the doctor. Changes in doses are required so that symptoms do not get worse. Before having Betaloc, it is important to check if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it. A simple allergy test will be enough to do so. Avoid using Betaloc tablets if you suffer from slow heart rate or are being treated by diuretics for heart failure. If you have very low systolic blood pressure then you must avoid the use of Betaloc. Betaloc cannot be taken if patients are being treated with Mibefradil for other heart conditions. The medication may cause temporary problems like imbalance, confusion, blurred vision or weakness. It is therefore advisable to discontinue physical activities like driving and walking while on the medication. Patients who are being treated with Betaloc should constantly get their blood pressure and heart rate checked regularly. Avoid use of other medicines while on Betaloc. Simple flu medication and cold, cough congestion medicine should also be avoided. Betaloc may affect blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. It is therefore important for diabetic patients to keep a regularly check on their blood sugar levels. Fluctuations can be controlled with increased or decreased use of insulin. Always inform your doctor that you are on Betaloc before you undergo any other treatment or surgery. It is not advisable for Betaloc to be administered to patients suffering from liver or kidney problems. However, if you are on Betaloc medication you must regularly get your liver and kidney checked too. Experienced paediatric doctors should constantly monitor children who are administered Betaloc. Pregnant women should avoid taking Betaloc. Mothers of new born babies should also avoid the medicine as the ingredients may mix with breast milk. If a patient is suffering from severe heart related problems, Betaloc should be administered after thorough consultation.
Betaloc Side Effects
Every medication leads to certain side effects. However, side effects are not necessarily a cause of concern. Depending on the severity of a side effect, immediate medical attention may or may not be required. If you experience changes in vision, confusion, weakness, cold hands and feet, diarrhoea, dizziness, dry mouth or eyes, hair loss or itching and rashes you shouldn’t worry because they are minor symptoms. Other side effects may include light-headedness, muscle aches, nightmares, short term memory loss, stomach pain and unusual tiredness. Some serious side effects include difficulty in breathing, allergic reactions such as hives or rashes, swelling of the face, lips, mouth, chest pain, fainting, pounding in the chest, wheezing, change in eye and skin colour. If symptoms last for a few hours then it is usually not a reason to worry. If they persist for more than a day then you must seek immediate medical attention.
Betaloc Drug Interactions
Betaloc may interact with alcohol, anaesthetic agents, anti-depressants, asthma medications, calcium channel blockers, clonidine , digoxin , lidocaine, prazosin , rifampin and serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
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