My primary care physician gave me Metropolol (50mg) to take only when I have SVT symptoms which is 1-2 times a month. It works maybe 15% of the time. My mother has afib and asked her cardiologist about this, who said you have to take Metropolol all the time for it to be effective, and not just when you have symptoms. Does anyone else have a prescription for Metropolol to take only during symptoms?
Metoprolol - Anyone taking Metropolol only during SVT symptoms?
- 3 Jan 2015 by l1nd3r
- 17 April 2015
- supraventricular tachycardia, metoprolol, symptom, cardiology
Added 3 Jan 2015:
I wanted to add...what I do in the other 85% of the cases is rest and usually by the time I wake up in the morning, it's gone. I've done the ER/Adenosine thing and would rather just wait it out at home. Anyone have an opinion on that? My resting heart rate during an episode is 122-130.
Although I had taken Metoprolol before for another kind of tachycardia and PVC. Once the episodes where not as frequent the cardiologist ask me to take it in on as need it basis. Probably the Dr. who suggested to take it all the time have on mind to prevent any episode. Don't hesitate to ask questions, and do your own research. Every person is different and every medication works different for every one. Something doctors go by the book you know you own body better than any one else.
I Hope you feel better. Take care.
Hi l1nd3r, first off, I completely agree with Shirrin's response concerning doing your own research on the Internet (google.com), drugs.com, etc. and ask plenty of questions of all of your doctors and/or get second opinions.
I was on Metoprolol (Lopressor) (50mg twice a day) to control my blood pressure and keep my heart rate (SVT) in check, when that didn't work as well as my doctor wanted it to, she raised my Metoprolol to 75mg twice a day. I was told by my doctor to take Metoprolol on a regular basis and try not to miss a dose. I was told by health care personnel to take an extra dose of Metoprolol if my heart rate exceeded 110, wait 3 hours and if my heart rate was still up, go to the nearest ER. My resting heart rate was 55-65 (not 122-130); when my heart rate got above 120, I was told to go to the Emergency Room (ER) by the ER personnel and let them determine if I needed to be placed in the hospital. When my heart rate hit 167 in the ER, I was diagnosed with a heart attack and administered Adenosine which took my heart rate from a whopping 167 down to 100 in about 30 seconds, which made me and the doctors very happy. Hey, I felt so good I was ready to go home immediately, but they put me in the hospital for another 3 days (smiles).
I was diagnosed with SVT, heart palpitations and fast heart rhythms. My cardiologist stated that my problem was my electrical cells were sending out extra signals and I had one or more of the following common arrhythmias:
1) AV Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia (AVNRT), 2) Atrioventricular Reentrant Tachycardia (AVRT) or 3) Atrial Tachycardia and he recommended, no, he scheduled me for a Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation. Last month I had heart surgery, the procedure used two thin, flexible wires (electrode catheters) inserted into my blood vessels in my groin area (or it could be the neck) and gently moved into my heart. My doctor used the catheters to find and ablate (destroy) problem cells. The procedure lasted about 4-5 hours and I was unaware of anything taking place. I was told they told me to count backwards from 100 and I only made it to 98; heck, I don't remember anyone telling me to count, much less, backwards... I stayed in the hospital overnight and was released approximately 36 hours after I entered the hospital. I had surgery on a Tuesday, released Wednesday evening and was in church on Sunday morning. I feel so much better, more energy, swelling in my ankles and feet gone and my heart rate has been under control. Started back in the gym 2 weeks ago walking and he told me I could swim or play in the swimming pool; but, that's all for now. I saw my cardiologist yesterday and he is pleased with everything. I'm also off the Metoprolol. Please feel free to ask any questions of me. Be blessed.
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