Lopressor is a beta-blocker that reduces the amount of work the heart has to do and the amount of the blood the heart usually pumps out, which in turn helps with certain kinds of chest pain and stabilizes the blood pressure if it is too high, as well as the heart rhythm in cases of arythmia and tahycardia. Lopressor therapy seriously reduces the risk of death in patiens who have had a stroke or any other kind of heart attack. It is most commonly prescribed with or without in cases of high blood pressure, the necessity of long-term chest treatment, and also for other related conditions.
Not that you absolutely must not stop taking Lopressor abruptly as if you do so you might have a fit of sharp chest pain, irregular heartbeat, or even a heart attack, especially if you already have a heart disease of some type. If you are in a condition where you are ready to go off Lopressor, your doctor is to lower the dose slowly over the course of several weeks, even if you have been taking Lopressor for a simple reason like high blood pressure. Remember that you migh not even be aware that you have heart problems. During the dosage lowering stage limit your physical activity and pay very close attention to any pains or discomfort in the heart area.
If you have a chronical illness such as diabetes or overactive thyroid, inform your doctor before receiving the prescription. Lopressor can hide certain signs of your condition worsening, especially fast heartbeat. Watch out for other possible symptoms of disbalance with extreme attention.