The fourth most prescribed medication last year was metoprolol.  What is metoprolol and what is it used for?
Metoprolol is available as either metoprolol tartrate (immediate release) or metoprolol succinate (extended release).  Brand names include Lopressor and Toprol XL.  

What it's for:  Metoprolol is a beta blocker used to treat diseases such as hypertension, angina (chest pain), congestive heart failure and some arrhythmias.  

Side effects:  include dizziness, tiredness or weakness, loose stools or throwing up.  If you have any chest pain, an allergic reaction or an irregular heart beat call you

What I should know:  


  • Do not abruptly stop the medication

  • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down and also be careful climbing stairs

  • If you are taking this drug and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids

  • Store at room temperature and protect from light

If you miss a dose:


  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.

  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.

  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Call your doctor right away if:


  • You have signs of an allergic reaction

  • You have chest pain or pressure

  • You have a heartbeat that does not feel normal


EducationJoanna Simmon