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) 352 118
Elevated blood pressure 282 76
Atrial Fibrillation 78 27
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 39 13
Cardiomyopathy 22 18
Heart arrhythmias 19 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 34
Moderate 30
Mild 36
None 186

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 12
Low blood pressure 6
Depressed mood 5
Dizziness 5
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 5
Cold hands and feet 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 38
50 mg daily 34
25 mg twice daily 26
50 mg twice daily 25
100 mg daily 23
100 mg twice daily 7
200 mg daily 5
12.5 mg daily 4
12.5 mg twice daily 3
150 mg daily 3

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 76
Side effects too severe 45
Other 31
Did not seem to work 23
Course of treatment ended 12
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 151 patients who’ve stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 35

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 253
Usually 23
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 218
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 136
Not specified 138

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 12
Propranolol (Inderal) 8
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 4
Carvedilol (Coreg) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metoprolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 3
Carvedilol (Coreg) 2
Lisinopril (Zestril) 2

Show all 19 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: 33y
  • Duration: 5 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
5 seizures
80 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: mild
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:18y 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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