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) 374 141
Elevated blood pressure 287 81
Atrial Fibrillation 88 32
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 39 13
Cardiomyopathy 23 18
Heart arrhythmias 21 7

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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 35
Moderate 31
Mild 46
None 203

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 13
Dizziness 6
Low blood pressure 6
Depressed mood 5
Hypotension 4
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 42
25 mg twice daily 36
50 mg daily 35
50 mg twice daily 33
100 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 9
12.5 mg daily 5
200 mg daily 5
75 mg daily 3
75 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 80
Side effects too severe 46
Other 31
Did not seem to work 23
Course of treatment ended 12
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 17
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 279
Usually 25
Sometimes 3
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 247
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 145
Not specified 158

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 11
Propranolol (Inderal) 8
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 4
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metoprolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 4
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3
Propranolol (Inderal) 3
Ramipril (Altace) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Metoprolol

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sherriemorgan
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sherriemorgan
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 34y
  • Duration: 5 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
5 seizures
93 weeks ago
I am: n
I have:
Epilepsy

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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
vinton boy
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vinton boy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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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
sharon28753
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sharon28753
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F66y
FM:19y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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