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) 426 172
Elevated blood pressure 294 88
Atrial fibrillation 107 41
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 64 22
Cardiomyopathy 25 19

Show all 96 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 39
Moderate 35
Mild 55
None 247

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 17
Dizziness 6
Hypotension 6
Depressed mood 5
Tiredness 5
Weight gain 5

Show all 69 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 58
50 mg twice daily 40
50 mg daily 29
25 mg twice daily 26
100 mg daily 20
100 mg twice daily 8
200 mg daily 6
12.5 mg twice daily 4
50 mg three times daily 4
150 mg daily 3

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 89
Side effects too severe 55
Other 33
Did not seem to work 29
Course of treatment ended 17
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 177 patients who've stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 55

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 45
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 337
Usually 26
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 55
Not at all hard to take 304
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 9
< $25 180
Not specified 183

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 15
Propranolol (Inderal) 9
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
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 10
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 5
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 5
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 4
Propranolol (Inderal) 3

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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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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