... and the pharmacy is closed tomorrow, do I take just one dose or do I cut it in half and take half in the morning and half at night?
25 Nov 2010
I copied the following information for you. I can not say if it is ok to take half and half. This medication involves your heart. What you could do is call a pharmacy that is open tomorrow and ask the pharmacist. They will be able to answer your question more directly. Best wishes to you,
"Take metoprolol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take metoprolol at the same time every day.
Metoprolol should be taken with food or just after a meal. A Toprol XL tablet can be divided in half if your doctor has told you to do so. The half tablet should be swallowed whole, without chewing or crushing. Chewing or crushing the pill could cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Do not skip doses or stop taking metoprolol without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using metoprolol.
Metoprolol is only part of a complete program of treatment for hypertension that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely if you are being treated for hypertension.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using metoprolol even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Store metoprolol at room temperature away from moisture and heat See also: Metoprolol dosage (in more detail)
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose."
- Metoprolol Information for Consumers
- Metoprolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metoprolol (detailed)
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