Compare Lopressor vs. Catapres

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

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Catapres (Clonidine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 464 reviewsforLopressor
Lowers blood pressure.

Catapres (Clonidine) is a good addition if you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure, but it has a lot of side effects. You can't miss doses.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 78 reviewsforCatapres
Upsides
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
  • A first-choice treatment for people who've had a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is cheaper than the extended release version.
  • Can be added to other blood pressure-lowering medicines if you need additional blood pressure control.
  • Available in a weekly patch for people that aren't good at taking medicine by mouth.
  • Works in the brain, so it can help treat some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
  • Under the brand name Kapvay, it's used to treat ADHD in children and teenagers.
Downsides
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
  • Taking Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) may make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or your normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some it may not go away.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure, unless you have heart failure or heart disease. It can also be added to other medicines 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 Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Has a lot of side effects compared to other blood pressure-lowering medicine because it works in the brain.
  • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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  • Extended release
  • Patch
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Reviews
464 reviews so far
62%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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78 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
33%
saiditworked well
35%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Tiredness
    10%
  • Dizziness
    10%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Itching or skin rash
    5%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%
  • Slowed heart rate
    3%
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17possible side effects
  • Erythema / pruritis
    26%
  • Dry mouth
    25%
  • Drowsiness
    12%
  • Localized vesiculation
    7%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Allergic contact sensitization
    5%
  • Hyperpigmentation
    5%
  • Lethargy
    3%
  • Sedation
    3%
  • Edema
    3%
  • Excoriation
    3%
  • Burning
    3%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Impotence/sexual dysfunction
    2%
  • Dry throat
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart problems
    • Suddenly stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
  • Increased symptoms of heart failure
    • Heart failure
  • Increased risks during surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Breathing problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
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  • Withdrawal
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low heart rate (bradycardia)
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
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