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User Reviews for Metoprolol to treat High Blood Pressure

Also known as: Metoprolol Succinate ER, Metoprolol Tartrate, Toprol-XL, Lopressor, Kapspargo Sprinkle

Metoprolol has an average rating of 5.2 out of 10 from a total of 228 ratings for the treatment of High Blood Pressure. 33% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 38% reported a negative effect.

Metoprolol Rating Summary

5.2/10 average rating

228 ratings from 250 user reviews.

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Reviews for Metoprolol

VinnieB · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 15, 2021

Toprol-XL (metoprolol): “Was on Toprol XR for only 6 weeks and had to get off of it quickly. HORRIBLE anxiety/panic attacks, constant arrhythmia, tachycardia, passing out, hypoglycemia, hallucinations, nightmares, Raynaud's syndrome, etc. This drug almost finished me off. I had 13 severe panic attacks since starting it; and if I wasn't as healthy a person as I am, I am certain it would have given me a heart attack. I am now exactly 8 weeks off of it. Most of the horrible symptoms have stopped, except the arrhythmia that comes and goes. In my opinion, Toprol is a serious endocrine disrupter and should be pulled from the market. It is a very dangerous drug. Can't believe how sick I became after starting it. Screw all pills. I can control my BP with diet. I truly regret ever putting one of these poisonous pills in my mouth.”

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Weenie · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 23, 2019

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “I have not only super high blood pressure but also very high pulse & physical anxiety symptoms. It's idiopathic; I'm young, slim & female, with good diet & no aggravating lifestyle factors. I've been this way since age 18. Tried several solutions including OTC & prescription medications, diet changes & hippie-dippie placebo stuff like breathing exercises/meditation. Currently I'm on 3 meds for my BP. The only one I really miss when I skip it is metoprolol. If I skip my ACE inhibitor or my diuretic, there's barely any difference. Skip my metoprolol? I'd better call in sick. You shouldn't give a hoot about my experience; my body chemistry has nothing to do with yours. Your body may not give a damn about beta blockers but care everything about a calcium channel blocker for all we know. All bodies are different, with a different reaction to different meds. I can't believe we're still reviewing medication like it's a one-size-fits-all deal that we can take each other's advice on.”

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Anonymous December 29, 2019

“Getting off this medication is brutal. I only took it for 2 months and I was never sicker. Side effects of dizziness blurred vision.tachycardia chest pain muscle weakness and parathesias. Getting off it took about 6 months with rebound effects of jitters sweating tachycardia at random. It was no different than getting off heroin. Twice while in public the side effects were so severe other people called an ambulance and I went to the ER. This medication is lethal, at least for me. I heard some people say they felt really good on it??? You don't know until you try a med how you will react. I put it on my allergy list. There is a light at the end of the tunnel when you are getting off it. It takes time and should be done with medical supervision. It took me 6 months to get over the rebound effects. I feel like a drug addict that survived rehab and made it through!!! Hang in there and God Bless!!!”

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Linda August 7, 2019

“Beta Blocker Rebound.....the Docs will tell you that this metaprolol is out of your system in 3 days. It may be out of your blood but it is not out of the nervous system for at least 3 months. Thus.....there is no longer inhibition of norepinephrine which causes the elevated HR and the anxiety reaction. It crosses the blood brain barrier and is lipophilic (stored in fat tissue) which stays in your system longer Both myself and a friend of mine have weaned off this drug and we are still having mild Rebound symptoms with elevated HR shaky knees and sweating. While taking the drug they side effects were very intense. Dizzy racing heart muscle weakness exercise intolerance palpitations constipation flushing etc. This is a horrible drug and I wouldn't give it to a dead dog! Try to be patient with the rebound effects. I was told it does eventually subside so you will fell normal again. Hope and prayers for all getting off this drug!”

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BlueIce November 18, 2019

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “This is the worst blood pressure medicine I have ever taken. It cause me erectile dysfunction, memory loss, tiredness. it also gives you blurry vision. Stay away from this bad medicine. When I stopped taking this metoprolol Succinate my erection got better, I felt much better and energetic. This medicine will definitely harm your body....”

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Betty December 10, 2019

Metoprolol Tartrate (metoprolol): “Have taken Atenolol 25 mg for about 30 years. Had episode of AFib. Had a Cardioversion. It worked, but elected to have Cardiac Ablation. Went back to Atenolol 25 mg twice a day and heart rate went into the 40's. Felt awful, light headed. Dr. took me off Atenolol and put me on Metropol ER 25 mg twice a day. Initially, no problems, then bad effects. Can't sleep. would go to bed at 11 pm and wake up at 3 am. Heart was knocking, heart rate in 80's. Experienced internal heat. Felt like my body was on fire. If I did sleep, had nightmares. Body feels wired. Dr. changed me to Metropol plain. Not extended release but upped dosage to 50 mg twice a day. By evening, on 2nd pill and side effects hit me. Up at 1:30 am, terrible internal heat, low sugar. Drank coke to raise sugar. Have decided I can't take this pill anymore. Took a Benadryl at 2 am, by 2:30, the heat is letting up. Pulse is 50 - 44. BP is 170/76.”

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Mark8430 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 19, 2021

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “I was experiencing palpitations and higher than normal blood pressure. I have a generalized anxiety disorder that I have been experiencing since I was 30 years old. My doctor prescribed me Metoprolol Succinate ER and BAM! My blood pressure is normal and my pulse rate is back in the '70s! I have not experienced any side effects. None, zip. I have tried an alpha-blocker before, but that one gave me dizzy spells when I stand up from a sitting position and I would feel like passing out. This medication works well for me and helps greatly with my anxiety issues as well.”

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Mag · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 31, 2019

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “I hate this drug. I had been taking 25mg for years along with another Blood pressure pill, amlodipine. Worked okay although the metoprolol took me a long time to adjust to. It makes me feel really lousy. The side effects are terrible. Last year I had to have open heart surgery to have my aortic valve replaced. Afterwards, they put me on 100 mg of the metoprolol extended release. Oh My!! I’ve been on it for 7 months. I might as well be dead. This dosage makes me dizzy, light headed, depressed, extremely fatigued, I sleep all day, weight gain, headaches! I took half a pill each day for a few days and actually felt better. I hate this drug. I’m going to tell my cardiologist to lower my dosage way back or I’m just going to stop taking it. I feel worse then I have ever felt in my life. But hey, my BP and pulse is great!”

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Sunny · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 10, 2021

Metoprolol Tartrate (metoprolol): “My blood pressure an heart rate went up several times during the winter storm in houston, so went to the emergency room an got put on this awful medicine I started off on long acting felt horrible got put on fast acting an still feel bad I have just about every symptom they have on there page weakness, fatigue, dizziness, itchy skin off balance, panic attacks, can't sleep, blood pressure drops low pulse drops to low joint pain, muscle aches, hair coming out headaches, scalp hurts to even gently pull my hair, etc I go to the doctor soon I have to get off this stuff I feel horrible no energy and I have a 6 month old to look after.”

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Leuy June 27, 2019

“Metaprolol us a horrid drug. I was started on 25mg 2x a day and only for the past 2 months. MD said it was a TINY dose. Nothing tiny about it. I have been so dizzy ...blurry vision... So I am trying to wean off and it's a miserable ride. I have palpitations...some chest pain...I wake in the night with ringing ears and racing heart. This is Beta Blocker rebound and I'd rather have craniotomy. I have headaches, tinnitus, poor exercise tolerance.(I was athletic) in addition to the palpitations and chest pain. I am trying to wean at 12.5 and now down to 6.25 daily until I can ditch this horrid drug. It seems many people have had the same struggle. I pray I can get off and get back to normal soon. Good luck to all of you working hard to get off this drug.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 2, 2020

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “I’ve been on metoprolol for almost a year now. I am only 24 and high blood pressure runs in my family, my mother had a stroke from high blood pressure and my grandfather passed from it. I had high blood pressure with my daughter but it went away after I had her and then I had my son and it never went away. I was on bystolic and it worked great for me but was to expensive so I was put on metoprolol 25 mg and it didn’t really help my bp so I was prescribed a higher dosage to 50 mg. I am constantly tired, I’ve gained weight, and I am having night sweats. If I don’t take it my heart starts hurting and I hate it. The only good thing about it for me is that it does help with my bp and my chest pain.”

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DebbieGR · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 5, 2021

Toprol-XL (metoprolol): “I was on Toprol Xl and experienced many of the 41 side effects listed from the website but not included with warning label. I experienced nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, dry mouth, drowsiness, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, lightheadedness, cold feet & hands, shortness of breath, wheezing, fluttering heartbeat, shortness of breath w mild exertion, dizziness, loss of appetite. I went to the doctor & ER several times fearing a heart attack but was found to be in good health. No one knew what was wrong until I researched & found all my symptoms under this medication. I stopped 2 days ago & blood pressure is now normal and most symptoms have gone away and improving. It takes about 7 days to feel normal per the website. I will NEVER take this medication again. Be careful, the side effects mimic other potential health issues. See your Doctor and seriously look up side effects of Toprol XL. A very nasty medication!”

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Lynn · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 18, 2020

“I had extreme high blood pressure and arythmia, my ears were ringing and I had blackouts. I was told my insurance will only cover the metoprolol XL 200 mg . I only take a half everyday so 100 mg and I'm always tired and have to drink red bull to drive so its defeating the purpose. I am a 30 year old woman and have gained around 40 pounds on this medication. I was never told this will happen and when I go to dr they just say exercise, well I do it's the medicine not me . I have swollen ankles and worse a giant water belly it high up and awkward and has ruined my life and made me buy plus size clothes and wrap it up like a wound it's big and swollen I'm quitting this rubbish today.”

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Liladrian · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 20, 2017

“Stay away from this drug. Real bad side effects. Tired all day. Anxiety, panic attacks. Can't breath. Short of breath. Feels like your organs is shutting down slowly. They should lock the Drs up for prescribing this Poison medicine. Wow. I thought I was dying. And I think I came close. It messes with your eye sight and all. If you die and take this medicine. Its the reason. They will say you died from natural causes to stop a law suit. But this medicine is dangerous. I wad only taking half of 25mg dang near killed me”

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Ebj1 October 12, 2019

“I am 25 years old and my bp is normal all the time. My cardiologists dr. Told me I have a weak heartbeat so, he prescribed this pill metopolol succinate 25mg ER. First week of taking this pill, I felt nothing . By the second week of taking it, my skin feel itchy and felt like I've bitten by an ant all over my body. I also felt severe tiredness when I take it in the morning. I can't fight it and end up falling asleep. I also feel when I pressed my head or put pressure on it, it hurts. I also wake in the middle of the night with a horrible dreams felt like my heart beats faster. My cardiologists doctor told me to take it ay night, and so I did. It works ok. but I want to stop taking it before my body gets use to it. I am healthy and do not have any illness , do not drink and smoke and active. Because of a diagnose of weak heartbeat after giving birth then I have this pill . I hope I can read a review that somebody stops taking it.”

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MW · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 25, 2020

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “I have been on this drug for 2 years. I have ringing ears, blurred vision, bloated feeling all the time and gained 15 pounds. I'm going to get off this drug. I have taken 50mg twice a day. The first year I also had dizziness issues when getting up from a lying position. Not to mention diarrhea. This is a horrible drug.”

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Sam89 · Taken for less than 1 month August 29, 2019

“Was on a quarter of a 25mg metoprolol pill for a week. I felt like I was slowly dying. I had difficulty breathing just walking to the bathroom, nausea, headaches, I felt starving, was shaky and uneasy on my feet, was mentally out of it, my heart rate would jump from 80 to 120 throughout the day for unknown reasons and I felt like I was going to pass out at any moment. My psychiatrist put me on it to slow my heart rate to try and help my anxiety. I had been on it as a teen and was fine, I guess something changed since then. I’ve been off it for a few weeks now and I’m still feeling unwell, my eyes are easily strained and I’m getting migraines, I just want this nightmare to end, I hope I feel like myself again soon.”

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Chin · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 13, 2019

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “My blood pressure (BP) since 2017 ablation and hybird maze has been 130/90 heart rate 50 before 2 x Tikosyn , 1x 50mg Metoprolol. I take the drugs 1 hour apart, as soon as take the metoprolol BP goes to 165-180/ 130-120 heart rate 60-70. Feel dead, fatigue, to the point of fall asleep, sedentary, short of breath...in other words all the symptom's described by all. My EP dr said increase to metoprolol to 1x 100mg, I told him my cardologist suggested take two 50mg when my rate increased as needed. He said make an appointment to see cardologist that has known my condition for 2 monthss. Cardiologist said BP is not that high recommended no changes. I'm besides myself and lost faith in my Cardiology Clinic”

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Goober 5 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 13, 2020

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “My primary put me on 25 mg per day due to palpations that started after going off of HRT patch after 25 years. Cardiologist put me on Chlorothiladone since BP was running in mid 130’s /90. The first few days was fine then my eyes were always red and itchy, upset stomach, out of breath so much that I couldn’t even walk across the room, and terrible insomnia and horrible nightmares! Asked if I could reduce it to half. Three weeks later and nothing changed so weaning off by taking every other day for three weeks. This is horrible so now I know why my cardiologist wanted me on thiazide for a month to see if palpitations stopped after lowering BP. By the way, my BP is still the same. I don’t have insurance”

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bob in ny July 29, 2007

Toprol-XL (metoprolol): “I was perscribed Toprol XL 25mg, 1x/day, as part of a long term treatment for elevated (but not high) blood pressure. I found a distinct and bothersome reduction in my energy levels and focus. I have been taking 25mg daily of DHEA and find that blood pressure levels and pulse rate levels remain lowered, but energy, focus and some vague emotional benefits are noticeable. ”

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Anonymous August 21, 2019

“I've been on this almost a year for high blood pressure and an uneven heart beat. Since I started my heart beat is fine but ended up in ER numerous times for sky rocketing blood pressure. VERY EXPENSIVE! I thought maybe by switching to the brand name I could fix it but after several months on it found out AstraZeneca doesn't even make it anymore so I was paying 6x as much for, basically, the generic rubbish. Finally, a wise cardiologist took me off the time release and put me on the 2x a day dosage of the tartrate and my blood pressure has been really good since then. If you're having any problems with it bouncing around I would suggest switching. Due to all of the issues this has caused I've lost a bunch of weight and am exercising and on a low salt diet. Hoping to get off of this soon. Oh, and DO NOT take the time release twice a day even if your dr tells you to. That should only be taken once a day. It's been a long road but I've learned a lot. Do your research.”

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Alex N · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 11, 2016

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “Worked well in lowering my blood pressure, pulse rate, even helped some with my anxiety. I've noticed no side effects, which is great because usually I find some reason to dislike drugs I am prescribed to. However I've had no issues with this.”

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daycord · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 27, 2012

“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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TeriDe April 2, 2014

“I have been on Metoprolol ER 25MG for 10 months. It has worked great for my blood pressure and have had no migraines or headaches. I do get really tired in the afternoon, which I never use to. The worst part is I have gained 22 lb. and nothing I do reduces the weight. I work out 4 times a week, really watch what I eat and nothing helps.”

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MJEBS. October 3, 2016

Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol): “Metoprolol 75mg/daily. Dizzy & off balance, nausea, weight gain, joint pain, extreme fatigue with breathlessness, hair loss. I accidently cut down on taking it when I had the flu. Lost 10 lbs due to hardly eating for 1 1/2 weeks. Noticed that I was thinking more clearly, had no nausea, joint pain was pretty much gone and I had more energy. Checked bp and it was still in the normal range. Am weaning myself off and am down to 25mg daily as I continue working to diet. Easier to lose weight now, too. I can breathe much more normally now and have better balance.”

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