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) 381 151
Elevated blood pressure 289 84
atrial fibrillation 95 37
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 41 14
cardiomyopathy 25 19
Heart arrhythmias 21 9

Show all 102 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 36
Moderate 33
Mild 50
None 217

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 42
25 mg twice daily 39
50 mg daily 33
50 mg twice daily 32
100 mg daily 25
100 mg twice daily 9
200 mg daily 6
12.5 mg daily 5
75 mg daily 5
1 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 82
Side effects too severe 48
Other 31
Did not seem to work 26
Course of treatment ended 13
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 161 patients who've stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 39

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 297
Usually 25
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 54
Not at all hard to take 267
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 152
Not specified 172

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 12
Propranolol (Inderal) 8
Atenolol (Tenormin) 6
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) 5
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3
Propranolol (Inderal) 3
Ramipril (Altace) 3

Show all 22 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: 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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