Betaloc (Metoprolol Tartrate) is a medicine used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) in patients. It belongs to a larger group of medicines that are referred to as beta-adrenergic blocking agents. They also can be called beta-blockers which are their common name of beta-blocking agents. Medicines in this category other than treating hypertension can also be used to treat chest pains (angina), prevent a migraine and prevent future attacks for patients suffering from the previous history of heart attacks. It also helps regulate heartbeat rate and is used in the treatment of tremors.
How to use Betaloc
Once you have been prescribed Betaloc and started using it, you are advised not to stop unless it is a recommendation from your doctor. In most cases, abrupt stops are discouraged, and you will find your physician reducing your dosage gradually then completely. This is because some conditions treated by the medicine may become worse if the medicine is stopped abruptly.
Different patients will be prescribed different dosages for their treatment depending on the severity of the symptoms and the condition being treated. Once prescribed, ensure to follow the physician’s prescriptions as labeled. Do not miss any dose especially if you are taking only one dose per day. This may lead to worsening of some conditions. Do not change your dosage unless your physician advises you to do so. Even if your condition is improving, do not alter your dosage.
Betaloc Side Effects
As soon as you notice the occurrence of any side effects, check with your doctor. Some side effects you likely are to experience include back or joint pains, pains in the chest, dark urine, confusion, abnormal heartbeats, hallucinations, skin rash, bruising and unusual bleeding, crusted skin, yellowish skin or eyes. Other side effects include; dizziness, lowered libido and sexual performance, poor sleep patterns, general weakness of the body, abnormal nervousness or anxiety, dry and sore eyes, constipation, diarrhea, change in taste, nightmares, nausea or even vomiting, numbness in toes and fingers, stuffy nose. Whereas some of the side mentioned above effects may appear then disappear after a while, others may persist or even become worse. To prevent setbacks when using Betaloc, contact your physician as soon as you notice any side effects as soon as you start using the drug. There are other side effects that may not have been listed here, check with your physician to ensure that you are aware of what side effects you likely are to experience.
Before starting on Betaloc or any beta-blocker thereof, it is important that you talk to your doctor about all medications you have been used in the past. This is because the use or presence of other medicine in your body may affect how beta-block works in the body. If you have any other medical problems, it is encouraged that you talk to your doctor. Use of Betaloc may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Ensure that you do not operate machinery or drive an automobile; such actions may pose dangers to you and others.