Treating high blood pressure and angina symptoms are the primary uses for Lopressor. The medication can also be used to improve survival following a heart attack. In addition to these uses, it can also be prescribed for children with Marfan syndrome (to slow down the progression of aortic dilation). Some other off-label uses include treating hyperthyroidism or anxiety and preventing migraines.
Lopressor® (metoprolol tartrate) has been licensed to treat a number of conditions. These uses include:
- High blood pressure control
- Relief of angina symptoms
- Treatment following a heart attack to improve survival.
High Blood Pressure
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers (for example, 120/80). The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 with multiple blood pressure readings.
In previous clinical studies, Lopressor has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The higher the Lopressor dosage, the greater the drop in blood pressure is expected to be. By lowering blood pressure, this medication can also decrease the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). However, Lopressor does not cure high blood pressure.