Hypertension - I have just been diagnosed with high blood pressue. I have been prescribed lopressor and hctz. I am really down about this. anyone out there takeing these med?
Lopressor is Used to treat a number of conditions, these uses include:
* Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension); * Relieving angina symptoms; * Improving survival following a heart attack.
However, Lopressor does not cure high blood pressure or angina.
This medication may also be recommended for other reasons, such as the treatment for migraines or anxiety.
Lopressor is part of a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, or beta blockers for short. As the name implies, beta blockers work by blocking beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places within the body, including the heart and blood vessels. These receptors are what stress hormones attach to, and they cause certain reactions in the body, such as an increase in:
Heart rate; The force with which the heart pumps blood; Blood pressure (both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure).
Lopressor helps to block a specific type of beta receptor called beta-1 receptors. By blocking these receptors, the medication causes the reverse effect of these stress hormones. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as the workload of the heart. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly.
HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide or HCT) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of medicines known as diuretics.
Specific uses of HCTZ include:
Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension); Treating water retention (edema) due to several causes, including congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney failure (renal failure), and certain medications.
Yes, I have taken these meds, but now I have stopped taking a diuretic, these meds need to taken ig they have been prescribed by your doc/pharmacist for the treatment of high blood pressure, take care be well & safe!
- Lopressor Information for Consumers
- Lopressor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lopressor (detailed)
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