-- 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 active ingredient.
-- Scott Roberts