What is Metoprolol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Metoprolol Tartrate Lopressor Selo-Zok Show all

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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) 397 161
Elevated blood pressure 290 83
Atrial fibrillation 101 38
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 44 17
Cardiomyopathy 25 19
Heart arrhythmias 21 10

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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
Severe 34
Moderate 33
Mild 52
None 232

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 16
Dizziness 6
Low blood pressure 6
Tiredness 6
Depressed mood 5
Hypotension 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 45
50 mg daily 41
25 mg twice daily 34
50 mg twice daily 27
100 mg daily 23
100 mg twice daily 14
200 mg daily 7
12.5 mg daily 2
75 mg daily 2
150 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 87
Side effects too severe 51
Other 33
Did not seem to work 28
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 312
Usually 27
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 53
Not at all hard to take 283
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 163
Not specified 176

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 14
Propranolol (Inderal) 7
Atenolol (Tenormin) 6
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metoprolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 8
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 5
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 4
Propranolol (Inderal) 4
Ramipril (Altace) 3

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17 patient evaluations for Metoprolol

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

Nov 7, 2011 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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