Pharmacology

Pharmacology
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  • Hey doctor, I was just informed by the nurse that I am going to be prescribed beta blockers for my high blood pressure. What are they?
  • Those are drugs used to treat angina, control heart rhythm and help lower high blood pressure.
  • Okay. I was wondering if you could tell me what some of the beta blocker drugs are and what drug are you prescribing me?
  • Two beta blocker drugs are Metoprolol and Atenolol. I am going to prescribe you Metroprlol, which is known as Lopressor.
  • Can you please tell me more about this drug? How does it work and how can it help me?
  • Metoprolol works by blocking beta adrenergic receptors which allows your blood vessels to relax and slow your heart rate. This will lead to an improvement in your blood flow and lowering your blood pressure.
  • I am not sure what will happen when I start taking this medication. Could you please educate me so I know what I need to be aware of while on this medicine.
  • A couple things you can expect when taking Metoprolol are lower heart rate and a lower blood pressure. A couple things to monitor is the lower heart rate because if it gets too low you need to get help immediately. Also, you may experience impotence as a side effect of taking this drug.
  • Okay, what are some signs and symptoms I need to be aware of while taking this medication?
  • Some side effects of this drug are dizziness, constipation, tiredness, depression, a very low heart rate or fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms for a long time or do not go away you need to come back and see me immediately so we can get you off of Metoprolol.
  • Okay, thank you so much for taking the time to explain this drug to me. Hopefully it works and I will keep you posted as to how I am doing with the medicine.
  • You're welcome. Hope this medicine helps!
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