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Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) - Summary

 
 



BOX WARNING

Ischemic Heart Disease: Following abrupt cessation of therapy with certain beta-blocking agents, exacerbations of angina pectoris and, in some cases, myocardial infarction have occurred. When discontinuing chronically administered Lopressor, particularly in patients with ischemic heart disease, the dosage should be gradually reduced over a period of 1-2 weeks and the patient should be carefully monitored. If angina markedly worsens or acute coronary insufficiency develops, Lopressor administration should be reinstated promptly, at least temporarily, and other measures appropriate for the management of unstable angina should be taken. Patients should be warned against interruption or discontinuation of therapy without the physician’s advice. Because coronary artery disease is common and may be unrecognized, it may be prudent not to discontinue Lopressor therapy abruptly even in patients treated only for hypertension.

 

LOPRESSOR SUMMARY

Lopressor, metoprolol tartrate USP, is a selective beta1-adrenoreceptor blocking agent, available as 50- and 100-mg tablets for oral administration and in 5-mL ampuls for intravenous administration. Each ampul contains a sterile solution of metoprolol tartrate USP, 5 mg, and sodium chloride USP, 45 mg, and water for injection USP.

Hypertension

Lopressor tablets are indicated for the treatment of hypertension. They may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.

Angina Pectoris

Lopressor is indicated in the long-term treatment of angina pectoris.

Myocardial Infarction

Lopressor ampuls and tablets are indicated in the treatment of hemodynamically stable patients with definite or suspected acute myocardial infarction to reduce cardiovascular mortality. Treatment with intravenous Lopressor can be initiated as soon as the patient’s clinical condition allows (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, CONTRA-INDICATIONS, and WARNINGS). Alternatively, treatment can begin within 3 to 10 days of the acute event (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).


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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Published Studies Related to Lopressor (Metoprolol)

Effect of fixed dose combinations of metoprolol and amlodipine in essential hypertension: MARS ? A randomized controlled trial. [2011.12]
Abstract Aim. To compare two strengths of a fixed drug combination (FDC) containing metoprolol XL and amlodipine (metoprolol/amlodipine 50/5; and metoprolol/amlodipine 25/2.5) with its components in hypertension...

Endothelial function is unaffected by changing between carvedilol and metoprolol in patients with heart failure-a randomized study. [2011.10.15]
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Carvedilol has been shown to be superior to metoprolol tartrate to improve clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF), yet the mechanisms responsible for these differences remain unclear. We examined if there were differences in endothelial function, insulin stimulated endothelial function, 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate during treatment with carvedilol, metoprolol tartrate and metoprolol succinate in patients with HF... CONCLUSION: Endothelial function remained unchanged when switching the beta blocker treatment from carvedilol to either metoprolol tartrate or metoprolol succinate in this study, where blood pressure and heart rate also remained unchanged in patients with mild HF. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials NCT00497003.

beta-Blockers in patients with intermittent claudication and arterial hypertension: results from the nebivolol or metoprolol in arterial occlusive disease trial. [2011.08]
The use of beta-receptor blockers in peripheral arterial disease is controversial for their impact on vasomotor tone... In the direct comparison, there was no significant difference between nebivolol and metoprolol.

Differential effects of nebivolol and metoprolol on central aortic pressure and left ventricular wall thickness. [2011.06]
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the vasodilating beta-blocker nebivolol and the cardioselective beta-blocker metoprolol succinate on aortic blood pressure and left ventricular wall thickness... This proof-of-principle study provides evidence to suggest that beta-blockers with vasodilating properties may offer advantages over conventional beta-blockers in antihypertensive therapy; however, this remains to be tested in a larger trial.

The effect of nebivolol versus metoprolol succinate extended release on asymmetric dimethylarginine in hypertension. [2011.05]
This study sought to determine if metoprolol succinate ER (MET), and nebivolol (NEB), a beta1-AR with increased bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO), would have differing effects on plasma asymmetric dimethylarginine concentration in hypertensives. It was hypothesized that NEB, a beta1-AR antagonist and beta3-AR agonist with NO-releasing properties, and MET, only a beta1-AR antagonist, would have different effects on plasma asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) concentration...

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Clinical Trials Related to Lopressor (Metoprolol)

Fed Study of Metoprolol Tartrate Tablets 25 mg and Lopressor® 50 mg [Completed]
The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of Mylan's metoprolol tartrate tablets to Novartis' Lopressor® tablets following a single, oral 50 mg (2 x 25 mg tablets for Mylan's formulation and 1 x 50 mg for Lopressor®) dose administered under fed conditions.

Factorial Study of Metoprolol Succinate TOPROL-XL (324A) [Completed]
The purpose of this research study is to determine if treatment with the combination of metoprolol succinate and hydrochlorothiazide is more effective at lowering blood pressure than treatment with either of the two drugs alone. The study will also determine which combined doses of metoprolol succinate and hydrochlorothiazide are most effective at lowering blood pressure (without unacceptable side effects), and whether it is possible to combine both drugs in a single tablet to simplify blood pressure treatment.

Fed Study of Metoprolol Tartrate Tablets 100 mg and Lopressor® 100 mg [Completed]
The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of Mylan's metoprolol tartrate tablets to Novartis's Lopressor® tablets following a single, oral 100 mg (1 x 100 mg) dose administered under fed conditions.

Food Study of Metoprolol Tartrate/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets 100/50 mg to Lopressor HCT® Tablets 100/50 mg [Completed]
The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of Mylan metoprolol tartrate/hydrochlorothiazide 100/50 mg tablets to Novartis Lopressor HCT® 100/50 mg tablets following a single, oral 100/50 mg (1 x 100/50 mg) dose administration under fed conditions.

Fasting Study of Metoprolol Tartrate/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets 100/50 mg and Lopressor HCT® Tablets 100/50 mg [Completed]
The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of Mylan metoprolol tartrate/hydrochlorothiazide 100/50 mg tablets to Novartis Lopressor HCT® 100/50 mg tablets following a single, oral 100/50 mg (1 x 100/50 mg) dose administration under fasting conditions.

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Reports of Suspected Lopressor (Metoprolol) Side Effects

Headache (15)Drug Ineffective (13)Blood Pressure Increased (12)Wrong Technique in Drug Usage Process (10)Overdose (10)Feeling Abnormal (10)Syncope (9)Dyspnoea (8)Hypertensive Crisis (8)Bradycardia (8)more >>


PATIENT REVIEWS / RATINGS / COMMENTS

Based on a total of 2 ratings/reviews, Lopressor has an overall score of 4.50. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 5. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.
 

Lopressor review by 39 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high blood pressure
Dosage & duration:   50 mg taken once daily for the period of 10 yrs
Other conditions:   acid reflux
Other drugs taken:   prilosec
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   rapid heart beat stoped, and blood pressure went down.
Side effects:   tired and dizzy at first
Comments:   Take once daily.

 

Lopressor review by 34 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   High Blood pressure
Dosage & duration:   25mg taken may 6, 2011 to present for the period of presently/in weening off process
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none---first time
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   It did lower my blood presure, but the 25mg dose that I was taking was too strong for me.
Side effects:   I was extremely tired, dizziness, slight headaches, and developed shortness of breath from time to time, aching extremities.
Comments:   25mg once a day, then 12.5, and now 6.5 until im off. I'm hoping that I can start a natural approach to lowering my BP, because this medicine has made cmy health worse

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