for high blood pressure i am in good health besides having sligth high blood pressure 147/105
Hi, yes it's a safe medecine to take and your age have nothing to do with the dose or anything else. 200 mg seem a little bit high for the dose since your high blood pressure is not that high. You seem to have high diastolic blood pressure (the second number) and it's harder to treat than high systolic blood pressure. Most of the lowering blood pressure meds don't decrease that much the diastolic blood pressure but they decrease the systolic.
I have the same problem and my blood pressure is always normal for the systolic number but higher for the diastolic so sometimes my blood pressure will be at 120/100... who is not normal... They call this isolated high diastolic blood pressure. Your blood pressure should be less than 140/90, in the USA they consider you as hypertensive if your blood pressure is higher than 120/80, they even now said that 110/70 should be the best target for blood pressure, but here in the Canada, 130/80 is the higher limit for a normal blood pressure and they put you in the pre-hypertensive group but don't give meds and ask you to make some lifestyle changes and exercises and if you reach 140/90 then they will put you on meds.
Also, if you don't have tachycardia or arrhythmia problems, maybe try another kind of blood pressure med will be more helpful to treat your blood pressure. Beta blocker are good for pvc's, tachycardia or arrhythmia but they are not as effective as lowering blood pressure, they are not first line recommended meds to treat high blood pressure. Ace inhibitors are much better to do that.
So maybe try to see again your cardiologist and ask him why he choose the metoprolol for you.
200 mg is a high dose especially if you are new to the metoprolol but some people can take more than 400 mg Is a day. The heart get used to the beta blocker effect overtime so dose need to be upped sometimes. When I start the metoprolol, 25 mg was enough to control my fast heart rate that I had all the time but now 3 years later, I'm up to 75 mg day and it barely work but I don't want to increase the dose cause I feel very tired and can't exercise on the metoprolol.
So overall, it's not a question of age or dose but it's a question of what type of high blood pressure you have to treat and if you have underlying heart problems like tachycardia, arrhythmia or anything else.
- Metoprolol Information for Consumers
- Metoprolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metoprolol (detailed)
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