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Lopressor is a hypertensive, cardioselective beta-blocking medication that’s usually prescribed for high blood pressure (hypertension) and for the prevention of heart attack and stroke. It usually comes in the form of a tablet. Even though Lopressor is mainly used to treat hypertension and cardiac problems, doctors also prescribe it to help prevent migraine episodes in adults. Since Lopressor is a cardioselective type of beta-blocker, many patients who take this medication to prevent migraine episodes find success in relieving the symptoms that seem to be associated with blood circulation and inflammation. At Nurx™, we don’t carry Lopressor, but we do have the generic version, Metoprolol Tartrate, to help you prevent your migraines.
How Does Lopressor Work?
To understand how Lopressor works to prevent your migraine attacks, it's important to learn what can cause a migraine. Generally speaking, when you experience the onset of a migraine, the blood vessels in your brain constrict, which leads your nervous system to send a signal that your brain needs more blood than it actually does.
This nervous system response results in your blood vessels dilating, causing an excess of blood to rush to your brain. Lopressor and other beta-blocking medicines can alleviate the pain from this activity by blocking the receptors that tell your blood vessels to constrict and dilate drastically. This causes your blood vessels to relax so that your blood can flow normally.
How Do I Get Lopressor?
To get Lopressor, you can visit your primary care provider or a general physician and speak with them about your migraines. They should be able to give you a prescription that you can have filled at your local pharmacy. However, we at Nurx can help make this process much easier and less time-consuming for you. Simply visit our website and take our online health assessment.
One of our medical providers will review your assessment and help you determine if Lopressor is right for you. After your initial health assessment, our providers will review your health history and decide if Lopressor is right for you. If you are prescribed Lopressor, we'll call in your prescription to your local pharmacy and you can pick it up when it's ready. It's that simple!
What Are Some Precautions I Should Take While Using Lopressor?
As with any medication, there are some precautions you'll need to take while taking Lopressor to treat your migraines. For starters, there are several types of drugs that can affect the way Lopressor and metoprolol beta-blockers work and vice versa. So, if you're taking any other prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, or any vitamins and supplements, you'll need to speak with your doctor before taking Lopressor. When you use our telehealth services at Nurx, let us know about any prescriptions or OTC medications and supplements you're taking when you complete your health assessment. Several drug interactions to be aware of when taking Lopressor include: • Certain HIV medications. • Antihistamines, including Benadryl. • Antifungal medicines, including Lamisil. • Antimalarial drugs, including hydroxychloroquine. • Certain medications that treat mental illnesses. • Antidepressants, including Wellbutrin, Prozac, Sarafem, or Paxil. • Heart medications like Catapres, Rythmol, Quinaglute, and Quinidine. • Heartburn medications, such as Zantac, and medications for other stomach conditions.
What Are the Common Side Effects of Lopressor?
Like most medications, Lopressor has a few possible side effects you should be aware of. The most commonly noted side effects you may experience include drowsiness and feeling sleepier than usual. For this reason, it's best to avoid driving or operating any machines when you start taking Lopressor until you understand how the medication affects you. Drinking alcohol can also increase the drowsiness you experience, so it's best to avoid drinking while taking your medication.
Here are several other common side effects that patients have reported:
Nausea or vomiting.
Gas, heartburn, bloating, and constipation.
Cold or tingly hands and feet.
Runny or stuffy nose.
Itching or rash.
While rare, Lopressor can also have some more serious side effects. If you experience any of the following, contact your doctor or the nearest emergency medical professional right away:
Wheezing or shortness of breath.
Swelling in your hands, lower legs, ankles, or feet.
Rapid weight gain.
Pounding, irregular, or otherwise rapid heartbeat.
While extremely rare, it's important to be aware of the symptoms of overdose while taking Lopressor:
Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Excessive swelling in your hands, feet, lower legs, or ankles.
While there don't seem to be any risks to taking Lopressor while breastfeeding, you should still talk to your doctor before taking Lopressor if you are nursing your baby, plan to nurse, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.
What Other Important Information Should I Know Before Taking Lopressor?
It's essential to store your medication properly in its original container out of reach of any children in your home. You'll need to store Lopressor or any of its generics at room temperature and away from excessive moisture and heat. If you have any remaining medicine that you don't need, your local pharmacy may have a medicine take-back program where they can dispose of it properly and safely for you.
In addition to these basic precautions, you should also monitor your blood pressure while taking Lopressor, even if it's just for the prevention of your migraines. Since Lopressor is a beta-blocker and affects circulation and blood pressure, it's important to check your heartbeat frequently. If you notice your heart rate is faster or slower than normal, contact your doctor.
How Do I Get a Prescription for Lopressor Through Nurx?
Getting a prescription for your migraine medication with us is easy! Simply head to the Nurx platform and take our health assessment so that one of our partnering physicians can determine what medication is right for you. We typically prescribe the generic version of Lopressor, Metoprolol Tartrate, which has the same active ingredients but is generally more affordable than the brand name. Once you complete your assessment and one of our physicians has written you a prescription, we can either call it in to your local pharmacy so that you can pick it up at your convenience or mail it directly to you. There are no lines at the drug store to drop off your prescription, and best of all, it's private and easy to use.
Can I Buy This drug Online Through Nurx?
Nurx doesn't carry the brand Lopressor, but we do provide its generic brand, Metoprolol Tartrate, which is the active ingredient in Lopressor. At Nurx, our telehealth services make it easy and convenient for you to speak with a licensed healthcare provider and get the right medication for you. We provide confidential and secure health assessments and help you support your wellness without the hassles of long doctor's appointments and waiting in line.
Is There a Generic Version of Lopressor?
Nurx provides the generic brand, Metoprolol Tartrate, in place of Lopressor. This is because we at Nurx feel you should be empowered to take your health into your own hands at a price you can afford. Since Metoprolol Tartrate is the generic version of Lopressor, we can help you potentially save big on the costs of your prescriptions when you use our personalized telehealth services.
Who Makes This Drug?
Several pharmaceutical companies manufacture Lopressor, Toprol XL, and Metoprolol Tartrate. Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Aralez are the top pharmaceutical manufacturers of Lopressor and its variants. If you have any questions about how the drug is made, your pharmacist may be able to help.
Does Lopressor Cause Weight Gain?
Weight gain isn't noted as a side effect of Lopressor. With that being said, if you experience excessive weight gain, it could be a sign that your body is retaining an excessive amount of fluid, which is something to bring up with your doctor.
Does Lopressor Cause Hair Loss?
Even though it's rare, potential hair loss due to taking Lopressor can be a side effect in men. This is called alopecia, and it usually affects the scalp, but it can also occur on the eyebrows and eyelashes. While most patients don't experience any significant hair loss, some do, so it's essential to be aware of this when you speak to your doctor about your migraine treatment options.
Does the Active Ingredient Cause High Blood Sugar?
Even though Lopressor and its generic versions are beta-blockers, these medications can potentially exacerbate diabetes. This could mean an increase in your blood glucose levels, but this is very rare. If you are concerned about an increase in your blood sugar, or you've noticed a significant change in your blood glucose levels, speak with your healthcare provider.
How Does Nurx Work?
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