Compare Lopressor vs. Dutoprol

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Lopressor
(Metoprolol Tartrate)

Dutoprol
(Metoprolol Succinate / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure. Dutoprol (Metoprolol Succinate / Hydrochlorothiazide) helps lower blood pressure by working in two different ways in your body. It's good for stubbornly high blood pressure.
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Reviews for Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
61%
of people say Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is worth it
46%
say it works well
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Side effects
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  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 9%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • First-degree heart block 3%
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  • Common cold 2%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Back pain 1%
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How it works
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Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Dutoprol (Metoprolol Succinate / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination medicine that helps control your blood pressure and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that removes extra water from your body. Metoprolol is a beta blocker that lowers your heart rate.
Type of medication
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Diuretic
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Diabetes
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Heart failure
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • History of asthma
    Detailed Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) risks & warnings »
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
    • History of asthma
    • History of diabetes
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
    • Current electrolyte imbalance
    • History of gout
    • Current kidney problems
    Detailed Dutoprol (Metoprolol Succinate / Hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
    • Take it with food.
    No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    • Check your blood pressure and kidney function 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after that.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    LopressorDutoprol
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). Makes pain attacks less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure. May prevent long-term heart damage.
    • A first-choice treatment for heart attack. Lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Combines the benefits of two blood pressure-lowering medicines in a single pill.
    • Helpful in getting rid of extra fluids in your body.
    Downsides and risks
    LopressorDutoprol
    • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Metoprolol tartrate suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Not the first choice to lower blood pressure.
    • Brand only, can be more expensive.
    • Can make you urinate more often and feel out of breath during physical activities, which may not go away.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Forgetting to take the medicine or stopping it suddenly can cause a heart attack.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    LopressorDutoprol
    • Take it with food.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can cause fatigue and headache.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
    • This is the immediate release version. It also comes as an extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
    • Makes you urinate more often, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
    • Can make you feel dizzy or short of breath the first few days, but this should improve as your body gets used to the medicine.
    • Check your blood pressure and kidney function 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after that.
    • Tell your doctor about any cold-like symptoms, dizziness, headache, fatigue, or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly since it can trigger heart problems.
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