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) 416 169
Elevated blood pressure 293 84
Atrial fibrillation 107 40
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 63 21
Cardiomyopathy 25 19
Heart arrhythmias 23 10

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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 36
Moderate 33
Mild 53
None 241

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metoprolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 16
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 54
50 mg twice daily 43
50 mg daily 36
25 mg twice daily 33
100 mg daily 23
100 mg twice daily 12
75 mg daily 4
200 mg daily 4
12.5 mg daily 3
150 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 91
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
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 48

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 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 325
Usually 26
Sometimes 4
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 295
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 172
Not specified 179

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 15
Propranolol (Inderal) 8
Atenolol (Tenormin) 6
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 3

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Patients stopped taking Metoprolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 9
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 5
Nebivolol (Bystolic) 5
Propranolol (Inderal) 4
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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