Compare Plendil vs. Lopressor

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Plendil
(Felodipine)

Lopressor
(Metoprolol Tartrate)

Coming soon.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.
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Reviews for Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
61%
+11% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
46%
4% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
15%
+35% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
Side effects
PlendilLopressor

We haven’t found good data for Plendil side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Plendil »
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 9%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • First-degree heart block 3%
More Lopressor side effects »
How it works
PlendilLopressor
Coming soon.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.
Type of medication
PlendilLopressor
Coming soon.
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
PlendilLopressor
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
PlendilLopressor
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
PlendilLopressor
Coming soon.
  • Diabetes
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Heart failure
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • History of asthma
    Detailed Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    PlendilLopressor
    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
    No specific food-related info.
    • 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.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    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
    PlendilLopressor
    Coming soon.
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    PlendilLopressor
    Coming soon.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    PlendilLopressor
    Coming soon.
    • 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).
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