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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Metoprolol Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(me toe PROE lole)

U.S. Brand Names

Lopressor®; Toprol-XL®

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Metoprolol®; Betaloc®; Betaloc® Durules®; Dom-Metoprolol; Gen-Metoprolol; Lopressor®; Metoprolol Tartrate Injection, USP; Metoprolol-25; Mylan-Metoprolol (Type L); Novo-Metoprolol; Nu-Metop; PHL-Metoprolol; PMS-Metoprolol; Riva-Metoprolol; Sandoz-Metoprolol; Toprol-XL®

Mexican Brand Names

Lopresor; Mezelol; Nipresol; Promiced; Seloken-Zok

Pharmacologic Category

Beta Blocker, Beta-1 Selective

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. To avoid side effects, you will want to slowly stop it.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to metoprolol or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Poor blood flow to the legs, Raynaud's disease, or a slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.

• If you are more than 12 weeks pregnant.

How does it work?

• Metoprolol blocks chemicals that stimulate the body.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine at a similar time of day.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

Short-acting products:

• Take this medicine with food.

• Tablet can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

Long-acting products:

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Swallow whole. Do not chew or crush.

• Tablet can be broken in half.


• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood pressure and heart rate regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused portion after 2 months.

• Protect liquid (suspension) from light.

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 14:13:55.0

Modified: 2010-03-25 12:08:53.0

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