Or do you have to be weaned off it?
11 Jun 2013
No - it can be dangerous to stop metoprolol (a class of drugs called beta blockers) suddenly.
Beta-blockers affect the way your heart works by slowing it down and causing it to beat with less force. Your body gets used to this, so it can be harmful if you stop taking beta-blockers suddenly.
Your blood pressure may go up suddenly, you may get irregular heart rhythms or your heart may be damaged. If you take beta-blockers to treat chest pain (angina) or because you have had a heart attack, stopping your tablets abruptly could make your chest pain worse or even bring on a heart attack.
If you want to stop taking your beta-blockers, for example, because they cause unpleasant side-effects, talk to your doctor for advice. He or she may be able to give you a different medicine. Your doctor may give you another medicine while you slowly stop the beta-blocker. You will probably need to take smaller and smaller doses of your beta-blocker over a few weeks until you stop completely.
- Metoprolol Information for Consumers
- Metoprolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metoprolol (detailed)
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