Also known as: Lopressor, Metoprolol Succinate ER, Metoprolol Tartrate, Toprol-XL
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metoprolol for Premature Ventricular Depolarizations: I have PACs and PVCs mostly related to stress and anxiety. Nothing that was overly concerning. I was medicated because the feeling of the PVCs was interfering with my quality of life. Between metprolol, antidepressants and prn ativan, I gained 40lbs in 1.5 yrs. I got more depressed. I was exercising too. I stopped all meds and no change despite amping up weights and cardio/ no sugar etc. Nothing. I stopped the metoprolol, and I drop 16 lbs in 1 1/2 months. It also causes depression and weight gain as a side effect. However it is effective in treating many other conditions. I do not condone stopping medications without consulting your physician.
metoprolol for Benign Essential Tremor: This medication has prevented tremors and improved my quality of life. It also helps with anxiety and headaches. It is a much milder alternative to Xanax for light anxiety sufferers.
metoprolol for Heart Failure: I have had some pretty bad side effects including weakness to the point of falling, extreme fatigue (to the point of not being able to walk at all and eventually falling into a depression). The moment I began to wean myself off the medicine, I immediately regained my strength and everything changed for the better. I did of course inform my doctor and did this gradually over 2 weeks.
Review by BellaMarie (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
metoprolol for Supraventricular Tachycardia: I first had SVT when I was 13 but undiagnosed until 18. I had episodes that lasted 1-36 hours. Episodes occurred 1-5 times/month. Average BPM was 190 and upon reaching 235 BPM I would start to loose consciousness. I tried all varieties of maneuvers to trigger the SVT to stop but none worked. If it laster longer than an hour I was transported to the ER where I was given Adenosine to restart my heart. I was given an Rx for Metoprlol Tartrate a few months before my first ablation when I was 20. I was started on 25mg/day. 9 days after my ablation, I had more episodes and was bumped up to 50mg, 100mg, then 150mg/day before my second ablation when I was 21. Had it been unsuccessful, I'd have been switched to an Ace-inhibitor.
metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: I went to the hospital with a 150 resting heart rate freaked me out! After many tests no one could find anything wrong with my heart I did have high blood pressure a higher heart rate and I have SEVERE anxiety. They started me on 25 mg twice a day in the hospital and it did start to help with my heart rate and made me less anxious and when I finally went home I checked my blood pressure as well and it too was doing well..My only thing is I have vivid nightmares that are scary as hell and I just don't understand.
Lopressor (metoprolol) for High Blood Pressure: Take pill every 12 hours. Works fine for me. Requested a beta-blocker because of the anti stage-fright effects. No more 'adrenaline dumps' in stressful situations. Helps me tremendously in my work and social interactions.
Toprol-XL (metoprolol) for High Blood Pressure: I have been taking Toprol-XL for about 8 years now. I started at 10mg and then 50mg and now at 100mg. It has brought my Blood Pressure under control - was 150 /80 - now at 130 /70 . Also brought down my Heart Rate, which was 88 resting to 60 resting. I am a light smoker who has asthma/mild COPD, metoprolol has shown no effect on these conditions as my PF and FEv1 has not changed .
PROS: Reduced Blood Pressure to normal
Reduced anxiety levels.
CONS: Tired (mild), weight gain (mild)
Erectile dysfunction (mild), Heart skipping a beat (occasional only and mild).
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metoprolol for Atrial Fibrillation: I'm on my third day of metoprolol and feel very mellow. My heart feels quiet in the way you feel when you finally hit the pavement after a dirt road. I feel nervous having my natural rhythm manipulated but when it comes to the heart, I'll just do what they say. Had an attack of pericarditis 3 weeks ago and then Atrial fibrillation two days ago. I was told that this was normal after pericarditis. Metoprolol is recommended while heart recovers.
Review by Tiredness and Constipation (taken for less than 1 month):
Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol) for Atrial Fibrillation: I was prescribed Metoprolol for Atrial Fibrillation and found that I was extremely tired. I began taking it at night, but developed terrible constipation. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, so the constipation was not good for me.
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Review by scared of this drug (taken for 1 to 6 months):
metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: After taking this medicine for a week or two I experienced numbness (lack of blood flow) to my fingers. Usually one or two fingers. Also happens with my toes. I have really high blood pressure and it does lower it but the numbness which usually lasts about 30 minutes, but returns throughout the day, is scary.
Also it gives me terrible nightmares, very violent. I'll wake up wondering how I could even have such terrible dreams. It also makes me tired. I've stopped it several times and each time the bad symptoms go away completely in about 2 days. I'm going to have to stop taking it for good, the nightmares are just too terrible.
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Review by April2013 (taken for less than 1 month):
metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: This is my first experience with blood pressure medicine and it has left me scared to death. I took Metoprolol 50mg once in the evening for two weeks...I can honestly say, it was terrible. I was so tired that I could almost not make it through the days, but what was even worse was the depression and terrible violent nightmares...they were so vivid and they still upset me when I think about them. My doctor has switched me to Amlodipine 5mg, 1x day. It has been over two weeks and I am too scared to take it, but I know I need to do something. I am at such a loss about what to do.
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metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: Taking metoprolol for about 6 months now started out at 175 pounds and up to 196. Can't lose the weight for nothing. Medicine works great for my blood pressure but my weight gain is awful.
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metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: To those who commented that they cut their dose of XL or ER or CR, you cannot cut extended release or controlled release in half. This is dangerous. Instead call your doctor and have the dose changed. Extended release cut in half enters your blood stream way to fast and can cause serious issues.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Lopressor (metoprolol) for High Blood Pressure: This medicine has done an excellent job with lowering my blood pressure. However, I have been having dry eyes and gas. On the positive side, this medicine is also good for anxiety!
35 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol for Mitral Valve Prolapse: Been on it for 5 yrs. Keeps my blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse under control. Have to take it every 12 hours. Can't go an hour past time or my body knows. I guess you can say that is a not so good thing. But, my symptoms are in check. Refuse to use an alternative medication. The downside to using beta blockers is the side effect. I break out with eczema and psoriasis, these are the biggest problem with this medication, but there are medications that keeps that under control as well.
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Review by rough & ready (taken for 10 years or more):
Toprol-XL (metoprolol) for High Blood Pressure: I have been taking TOPROL XL 100MG for at least 9 yrs, during that time I tried the METOPROLOL and it did not control my blood pressure, the Toprol XL has worked great without side effects, however I have reduced my salt intake even to the extent of using red pepper on my eggs in the morning. I took it on myself to reduce my dosage of TOPROL XL cutting it in half because my pressure was checking much lower and I did so for about two week prior to a Doctors appointment keeping a record of checks three to four times a day and gave it to my Dr. and he ran a EKG, then reduced my dosage in half and I'm checking out fine at around 120/70/67 so suggest check your salt intake.
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metoprolol for Atrial Fibrillation: My father was put on Metoporol in April....he is now very tired and is very forgetful....but not only that has hallucinations and does not stop talking in his sleep...
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metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: As I'm reading the posts I'm wondering. Am I the only one on this medicine who is experiencing undesirable sexual side effects? Excuse my language, but I haven't had "morning wood" since I been put on this medicine 3 years ago. Its beyond frustrating. It takes an act of congress to get an erection, and even when I do somehow get erections, they are very brief and not what it once was. Almost like it has shrunk. Once Again I apologize for my language, but I'm reading all the post and I'm wondering am I the only one experiencing this?
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metoprolol for Supraventricular Tachycardia: I have had PSVT and occasional atrial fibrillation (plus the related anxiety from these conditions) since I was 21. I am now 44. I have been on metoprolol 25 mg, once a day in the morning, for the past 18 months and I love it. I was originally put on it twice a day, but I already had bradycardia and low blood pressure at night so within a couple of days the nighttime dose was making me wake up gasping for air with an extremely low heart rate and blood pressure so low it wouldn't register on my home monitor. I called the doctor and he said to not take the bedtime dose. I haven't had any side effects that I recall. On the contrary, I can now play sports with my kids without flipping into an irregular rhythm.
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metoprolol for High Blood Pressure: Been taking this medicine many yrs. I have experienced weight gain, short of breath in exercise, and now I am sweating "pink" which is ruining my clothing. It does not wash out even after using laundry "spot: cleaning. Anyone else experience this?
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metoprolol for Supraventricular Tachycardia: I am 59, and have been on metoprol since I had an ablation about 5 months ago. I was still experiencing a higher than normal heart rate (lower after ablation, but on the high side) and a high diastolic blood pressure. Metoprolol seemed to lower both numbers initially. I was extremely fatigued and I started noticing weight gain. That weight gain has been is now 18 pounds in the 5 months following the ablation. Now, none of my clothes fit. I have told my doctor about the weight gain, but he did not seem concerned. I am concerned. Has anyone else had this and were you able to do something about it? Now, the heart rate is starting to increase again.
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Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol) for Atrial Fibrillation: I've been on Flecainide 12 years for A-fib but have recently been have more and more episodes. So my cardiologist also prescribed metoprolol (the smallest dose possible - 1/4 of a 25mg tablet twice daily - due to my being very sensitive to other beta blockers). My blood pressure dropped (wasn't high in the first place) and my heart rate dropped to the mid/low 40's. I was also very light-headed, had low energy, some shortness of breath and sometimes nausea. Discontinued (by doctor) after one week.
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