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) 429 147
Elevated blood pressure 295 92
Atrial fibrillation 110 47
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 66 27
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 60
None 230

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 17
Low blood pressure 7
Dizziness 6
Hypotension 6
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 5
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 25
25 mg twice daily 14
50 mg daily 14
50 mg twice daily 13
100 mg daily 10
12.5 mg daily 4
100 mg twice daily 4
75 mg daily 3
12.5 mg twice daily 2
200 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 90
Side effects too severe 57
Other 34
Did not seem to work 31
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 184 patients who've stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 323
Usually 28
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 31
Not at all hard to take 317
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 9
< $25 183
Not specified 169

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisinopril (Zestril) 16
Propranolol (Inderal) 11
Atenolol (Tenormin) 8
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 4
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4

Show all 22 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

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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: 100 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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