Also known as: Lopressor, Metoprolol Succinate ER, Metoprolol Tartrate, Toprol-XL
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Reviews for Metoprolol to treat High Blood Pressure
Review by Agirlandadream (taken for 1 to 6 months):
metoprolol: The medicine works great for high blood pressure, BUT....
I'm a college student in school for criminal justice. Ever since taking this medication I can't seem to keep my eyes open to study and I can't focus on course material. Where as I was so motivated until metroprolol.
Toprol-XL (metoprolol): Took this for migraines and seemed to work great for months. I had about a three month stretch when I noticed I had a constant low grade fever, achey and flu like symptoms. After much research determined it was due to the beta blocker. Went off them and felt my old self again.
Review by Little Mikester (taken for 2 to 5 years):
metoprolol: I have most of all the expierances that the gentleman here have/had. I am not having violent dreams, just wierd and very vivid. I have been on it it for 3 years and like some, since on it, I have not had relations with wife, I have also gained ALOT of weight. I have gone from a size 32-34 pants to a 50-52 pants. No matter what I do, whether it be diet or exercise or both, my weight keeps climbing. My emotions are all over the place.
metoprolol: 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.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Lopressor (metoprolol): 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.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Toprol-XL (metoprolol): 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).
23 users found this comment helpful.
Review by scared of this drug (taken for 1 to 6 months):
metoprolol: 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.
55 users found this comment helpful.
Review by April2013 (taken for less than 1 month):
metoprolol: 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.
34 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: 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.
41 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Lopressor (metoprolol): 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!
37 users found this comment helpful.
Review by rough & ready (taken for 10 years or more):
Toprol-XL (metoprolol): 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.
24 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: 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?
63 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: 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?
16 users found this comment helpful.
Toprol-XL (metoprolol): Heart was missing a beat while working out. Saw my Doc and after an EKG and a slightly elevated blood pressure was put on 25mg which went to 100mg over a period of 3 yrs. Kept BP at home and was fine. Every time at the Doctor's it was like 150/90 never understood this. Last time was placed on Lisinopril, this kicked my butt, dizziness, ear ringing, dry cough. Said heck with it and found a Cardiologist. He took me off the Ace Inhibitor and put me on Norvasc 10mg, will see how it works.
17 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: I have been taking Metoprolol tartrate for 15 years and it has probably saved my life. I take 100mg twice a day with little or no side effects. I feel great while using this medicine. If I miss a dose, I get serious tachycardia and cannot do physical work. When using, I am a conditioned athlete, lift weights, sprints, etc. and feel healthy. No clicks, no PVC's.
28 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: I just started taking Metoprolol 25 mg a day and its side effects are awful. I experienced hair loss, severe dizziness, insomnia, flu like symptoms, fatigue and a feeling of near fainting. I will go back to the doctor to have her halve the dosage.
30 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: I have been on some form of metoprolol for seven years. It was actually my first prescribed medication at 28. I never even thought about side effects as being the problems I was experiencing; thought there was always something else that the Doctor's was overlooking. Now that I have read these comments, I suffer from most of the common ones; tiredness, weakness, trouble losing weight, strange dreams, increased sweating, difficulty breathing, etc. Have had numerous tests off and on for the last two years, and nothing is ever found. I have also since then started taking clonidine and amlodipine. Some of these symptoms are probably drug interactions. I noticed a chaotic heartbeat when clonidine was added to the medicines. It has gotten worse for the past two years.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Toprol-XL (metoprolol): I started taking this medicine in 2006. It works to take the pressure off my heart but it has caused me arthritis in my knees, hands and feet. Now I am in pain most of the time. My hands have developed arthritis in both thumbs, my feet have it in my toes. I tried another Astra Zeneca product called Atacand and it works better but is so expensive I can't afford to buy it.
23 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: This medicine has worked great for me in respect to my high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythm. But caused my feet and legs to swell, skin on legs to peel, and tautness of foot muscles.
I complained to my doctor about the swelling, and he said I had damaged vein valves in my legs. After seeing him, the swelling gradually grew worse. One leg was enormous. I started looking up adverse reactions on-line to see what could be causing this problem. The only one that I take regularly is Metoprolol. I stopped taking it immediately, and the swelling has been subsiding until my legs look also normal again.
29 users found this comment helpful.
metoprolol: My only complaint is that it makes me feel tired around noon time. Sometimes I'll take a forty five minute nap after I get home from work, then I usually feel re-energized. It does control blood pressure well.
17 users found this comment helpful.
Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): Been on this medicine for over 12 years started on 50 mg now at 200 mg ER. Been on 200mg for over 7 years now works real good I am 36 and it must be hereditary because both my younger sisters were on blood pressure medicines at a early age. My parents take 2 different blood pressure medicines as well. Works good for me when I check it every day.
78 users found this comment helpful.
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