Lopressor Uses

Angina is a type of heart disease that occurs when the heart muscle is not getting enough nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood for a short time. The inadequate blood flow is caused by narrowed coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart). Chest pain is the most common symptoms of angina that can occur (see Angina Symptoms for more information.)
Lopressor is effective at treating these symptoms, decreasing the number of attacks, and improving exercise tolerance. These effects occur because the medicine decreases the workload of the heart. This, in turn, means that the heart needs less oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to function properly at any given level of effort. The medication does not cure this type of heart disease, however.
Improving Survival Following a Heart Attack
A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) is a life-threatening event in which the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough time that a portion of the heart muscle dies.
When people are given Lopressor after a heart attack, the risk of dying decreases by up to 36 percent. It is not known how this medication or other beta blockers improve survival following a heart attack.

Can Children Use Lopressor?

Lopressor has not been approved for use in children, but it may be used off-label to treat several conditions seen in children. For example, this medication may be used in children with Marfan syndrome to slow down the progression of aortic dilation (widening of the aorta).

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Lopressor for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses for Lopressor include:
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