Drug Approved to Treat High Blood Pressure04/13/12
FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- The high blood pressure
drug Toprol XL has been combined with a low-dose diuretic to form
Dutoprol (metoprolol succinate extended
release/hyrdrochlorothiazide), which has been approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration to treat high blood pressure.
Toprol XL has been approved in the United States for 20 years as
a treatment for hypertension, British drugmaker AstraZeneca said in
a news release.
The drug maker said it will charge $18.33 per month when a
90-day supply of the combination drug is ordered with a valid
prescription, whether or not the patient has insurance. Retail drug
stores also will stock the combination medication.
AstraZeneca said the drug may not be recommended for people with
a significantly slow heart rate, uncontrolled heart failure,
abnormal heart rhythm or allergies to the drug's ingredients.
Medline Plus has more information about Dutoprol's
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