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) 417 170
Elevated blood pressure 293 85
Atrial fibrillation 106 40
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 63 21
Cardiomyopathy 25 19
Heart palpitations 23 12

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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 37
Moderate 33
Mild 54
None 242

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 17
Dizziness 6
Low blood pressure 6
Tiredness 6
Depressed mood 5
Hypotension 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 57
50 mg twice daily 44
50 mg daily 37
25 mg twice daily 32
100 mg daily 21
100 mg twice daily 10
200 mg daily 4
12.5 mg daily 3
50 mg three times daily 3
12.5 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 90
Side effects too severe 53
Other 33
Did not seem to work 28
Course of treatment ended 18
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 328
Usually 26
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 55
Not at all hard to take 295
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 174
Not specified 180

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 15
Atenolol (Tenormin) 8
Propranolol (Inderal) 8
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metoprolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 9
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 5
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 5
Propranolol (Inderal) 3
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: 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

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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