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Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor)
What Is Metoprolol?
Metoprolol is one of many blood pressure medications. It is used to treat high blood pressure and is categorized as a beta blocker. Regular use of Metoprolol can also be required to treat chest pain (angina) in some patients.
In the US, Metoprolol is frequently sold under the brand name Lopressor. You will find it in oral tablet form when obtaining a prescription, with varying strengths attributed.
How Does Metoprolol Work?
Metoprolol is a member of the beta blocker family of drugs. These medications work by blocking the receptors that adrenaline and noradrenaline, two stress hormones, would typically act upon, primarily in the heart and blood vessels.
When adrenaline and noradrenaline bind to these receptors, they cause the heart to beat faster and with more force. This can lead to cardiovascular complications, such as high blood pressure, angina, and an increased risk of heart attack.
By blocking these receptors, Metoprolol prevents these stress hormones from exerting their usual effects on the heart. As a result, the heart rate slows down, and the force with which blood is pumped decreases. This helps blood vessels relax, thereby reducing blood pressure and lowering the risk of cardiovascular problems.
What Is Metoprolol Used For?
The main purpose of Metoprolol is to lower your blood pressure. Individuals with high blood pressure will experience a wide range of symptoms and be at high risk of developing heart complications.
Consequently, Metoprolol can be used to prevent the following:
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
Other common uses of Metoprolol include treatment for angina, particularly in patients suffering from long-term chest pain. Some doctors will also prescribe this drug to help improve recovery after suffering from a heart attack. The reduction in heartbeat and lowering of the blood pressure relaxes the stress on the cardiac muscle, which prevents further heart attacks from occurring and gives the heart more room to recover.
Metoprolol is also sometimes prescribed for off-label uses, such as migraine prevention or anxiety management.
What Are the Side Effects of Metoprolol?
Metoprolol can cause side effects in some patients, though they vary in severity.
The most common side effects are:
- Mild fatigue
You will not need to report these side effects to a medical professional as they are mild and will be easy for most individuals to manage. However, if they start to get worse or do not go away with time, speak to a doctor for professional guidance.
Uncommon side effects of Metoprolol include:
- Extremely low blood pressure
- Slow heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight gain
- Swelling in the ankles
- Coldness in the extremities
- Severe skin reactions
- Blurred vision
- Depression/mood swings
These side effects usually need immediate attention from a medical professional and you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible. There’s a chance your body is reacting badly to the medication and you may need to either decrease your dose or stop taking it entirely.
How to Take Metoprolol?
Metoprolol will be taken as an oral tablet that should be swallowed whole and not crushed up. If you have trouble swallowing tablets, speak to your doctor and they will provide alternative ways of taking this medication.
Always stick to your dose and do not take a double dose of Metoprolol under any circumstances. These tablets are available in different strengths, and you may need to take a set amount per day. All of this will be explained by your doctor when you receive your prescription. Stick to your dose and do not take more or less than required.
As with all prescription medication, read the information leaflet that comes with your tablets. It contains important tips on the best times to take this tablet and what you should avoid doing/eating immediately before or after taking it.
Continue using your medication until directed otherwise by your doctor. Metoprolol is sometimes used in conjunction with other medications for high blood pressure but it is not a cure. Beta-blockers like Metoprolol will help to reduce your heart rate and put less strain on this muscle, which aids in blood vessel relaxation and the lowering of your blood pressure.
Nevertheless, it should never be relied upon as a long-term solution. Speak with your doctor about making lifestyle changes that improve your overall health and will help you maintain a healthy blood pressure reading. This could include alterations to your diet as well as undergoing more exercise. Making these changes while also using Metoprolol will lead to long-term results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metoprolol
Who Should Not Take Metoprolol?
You shouldn’t take Metoprolol:
- If you suffer from bradycardia
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Metoprolol
- If you have asthma
- If you have heart failure
Certain medical conditions may require you to be monitored more closely while taking Metoprolol. For instance, diabetes may lead to a higher risk of side effects and could mean that you are switched to another medication.
Metoprolol is a class C drug for pregnancy, which means it should only be used in pregnant women when the benefits clearly outweigh any potential risks.
The listed conditions are not an exhaustive list, and there may be other reasons why you should avoid taking Metoprolol. As such, it’s important to discuss this medication with a doctor before taking it. Your medical history will provide insight into any potential risks associated with consuming Metoprolol.
What are the Most Common Side Effects of Metoprolol?
The most common side effects of Metoprolol include fatigue or tiredness, dizziness or lightheadedness Other common side effects may include:
- Difficulty sleeping, and slow heart rate.
- Changes in sex drive
You should speak to your doctor if any of these side effects become more severe or persist for a long time.
What to Avoid While Taking Metoprolol?
While taking Metoprolol, you should avoid the following:
- Drinking alcohol – Drinking can enhance the blood pressure-lowering effect of the drug, leading to potential dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Certain medications – some drugs can interact with Metoprolol, so be aware of any medication you are taking and whether it will conflict with your prescription.
- Driving or operating heavy machinery – side effects like dizziness or lightheadedness can impair judgment and coordination. You should first wait to see how the medication makes you feel before driving.
The list above is not exhaustive, and you should consult with your doctor about any other activities or medication you should avoid while taking Metoprolol.
How Long Does It Take for Metoprolol to Work?
It may take a week or two for you to see any improvement in your condition after starting Metoprolol. Make sure to take your medication as prescribed and don’t stop taking it until your doctor tells you to do so.
It’s important to note that the effects of Metoprolol won’t be immediate. It takes time for this medication to reach its full effect, meaning your blood pressure may not drop significantly within the first few days. Be patient and continue taking the prescribed dose until you can see results.
What Is the Typical Dosage for Metoprolol?
The dosage of Metoprolol varies from patient to patient and will depend on what condition it’s being used to treat.
Generally, the dose for hypertension the starting dosage is 100 mg a day. From there your doctor may increase the dose depending on how your body responds.
Do not adjust your dosage without speaking to a medical professional first. Doing so could lead to serious problems that may require emergency care.
Can You Buy Metoprolol Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, Metoprolol is a prescription-only medication and can’t be purchased over-the-counter (OTC).
Can You Get a Metoprolol Prescription Online From DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a Metoprolol prescription online from DrHouse if deemed appropriate by our medical team. During a virtual consultation, our healthcare professionals will assess your health and medical history. If Metoprolol is considered suitable and safe for your condition, a prescription will be provided.
Can I Get a Refill for Metoprolol From DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a refill for Metoprolol from DrHouse. To refill your Metoprolol prescription, start a virtual visit with one of our healthcare providers. During the visit, they will assess your condition and determine if a refill is required.
If they deem it to be an appropriate treatment option for you, they will issue an online prescription which can then be filled at any pharmacy of your choice.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.