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LOPRESSOR
METOPROLOL - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

METOPROLOL - INJECTION

(met-oh-PRO-lol)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lopressor

WARNING: If you have angina or have had heart problems, do not suddenly stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor. If your doctor decides you should no longer use this medication, you must stop this medication gradually according to your doctor's instructions.

Uses

Metoprolol slows the heart rate and reduces high blood pressure. It is used to treat angina (chest pain), high blood pressure, or irregular heartbeats.

How To Use

Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Try to use it at the same time(s) each day. Do not suddenly stop using this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped.

Side Effects

You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and blurred vision as your body adjusts to the medication. Use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness. Because metoprolol reduces blood circulation to the extremities, your hands and feet may be more susceptible to the cold. Dress warm. Inform your doctor if you develop: breathing difficulties, easy bruising or bleeding, swollen hands or feet, confusion, depression, a sore throat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have a history of: heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other lung disease, diabetes, an overactive thyroid gland. You may want to check your pulse every day while taking this medication. Discuss with your doctor what changes in your pulse rate mean. Before having surgery, tell the doctor or dentist you use metoprolol. This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Beta blockers do appear in breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: diuretics, cold preparations and nasal decongestants, reserpine, other heart or blood pressure medications, St John's wort. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, headache, slow heartbeat, severe drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, or fainting.

Notes

Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Do not freeze.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).