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) 408 167
Elevated blood pressure 290 83
Atrial fibrillation 105 39
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 63 20
Cardiomyopathy 25 19
Heart arrhythmias 22 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
35
Moderate
33
Mild
51
None
240

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
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metoprolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 51
50 mg daily 43
25 mg twice daily 31
50 mg twice daily 31
100 mg daily 22
100 mg twice daily 14
200 mg daily 5
12.5 mg daily 3
75 mg daily 3
150 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Metoprolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 91
Side effects too severe 52
Other 33
Did not seem to work 28
Course of treatment ended 18
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 176 patients who've stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration

Currently taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Metoprolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 42
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 320
Usually 27
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 291
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 169
Not specified 178

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metoprolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 15
Atenolol (Tenormin) 7
Propranolol (Inderal) 7
Carvedilol (Coreg) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 3

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

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: 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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