What is Metoprolol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Metoprolol is a beta-blocker used to treat high blood pressure and angina pectoris (chest pain). It is also used after a heart attack to improve survival, to treat ventricular and atrial arrhythmia, for the prevention of migraine, essential tremor, and aggressive behavior.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High blood pressure (hypertension) 431 145
Elevated blood pressure 294 90
Atrial fibrillation 108 44
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 65 24
Irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) 31 16
Cardiomyopathy 25 19

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 39
Moderate 36
Mild 57
None 226

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 17
Dizziness 6
Hypotension 6
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 5
Tiredness 5
Weight gain 5

Show all 70 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 31
50 mg twice daily 23
100 mg daily 17
50 mg daily 16
25 mg twice daily 13
100 mg twice daily 6
12.5 mg daily 5
200 mg daily 4
150 mg daily 3
50 mg three times daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 91
Side effects too severe 56
Other 33
Did not seem to work 31
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 181 patients who've stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 41

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 318
Usually 26
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 30
Not at all hard to take 311
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 9
< $25 181
Not specified 164

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisinopril (Zestril) 16
Propranolol (Inderal) 10
Atenolol (Tenormin) 8
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 4
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metoprolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 11
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 6
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 4
Propranolol (Inderal) 4
Ramipril (Altace) 3

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Metoprolol

Mar 19, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 25, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2012 (Started May 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    Severe (walking problems)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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