Metoprolol: Do The Side Effects Improve Eventually?

scmommy33 Says:

I started Metoprolol this Monday after the cardiologist prescribed it because of being in the ER with extremely fast heartbeats. After a heart ultrasound, chest xray, blood tests, and wearing a holter moniter, they found there was nothing wrong with my actual heart other than the fact that I have a mild heart arrhythmia which they believe was brought out by a virus I also had. Now that I have started the medicine, I have had dizziness, nausea, sever mood swings, insomnia, and anxiety. The cardiologists' nurse said these were all normal, but it seems a little excessive to me. I am on the lowest possible dose (25MG) minus the possibility of cutting the pill in half and I take it once a day. I do not have high blood pressure and am young and not overweight (5ft and 105lbs). Has anyone else had all these side effects, do they go away?

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Verwon Says:

Those are all normal side effects that Metoprolol can cause and they will usually last approximately 4 to 6 weeks, while your body adjusts to the medication. After that, they should start to taper off in severity.

If they don't, then you should make sure to let your doctor know, so that you can try other treatment options.

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Nora Says:

I recently had a severe bout of vertigo and spent some time in the hospital. When i came home they prescribed Metoprolol tart 25 mg. I started having severe vision problems. When I would read all the letters became jumbled. At first I thought it was a result of my vertigo,then tonight I took another Metroplol and finally made the connection. They say not to stop this medicine suddenly,but I can't see myself taking any more of it. I am going to call my doctor in the morning. As I write this I have to close my left eye to make sense of the keyboard.

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Chris Says:

I was recenlty in the hospitsal for a fast heartbeat....they prescribed me metoprolol also and since talking it I have just not been right....all the things you said plus loss of appetite along with no interest in things I usually enjoy. Not sure its the medicine but sure seems like it.

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Painted lady Says:

I was put on Metoporol due to an irregular heart beat and slightly elevated bp...after taking it for. 5days I stopped taking it...the side effects were HORRIBLE far it's been 36 hours and the withdrawals aren't as bad...I'm mad that I even started advice go the natural way and lower your bp and heart rate..

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Annel Says:

I also stopped the medicine after the hospital gave it to me because of my heart beating too fast. Took it for about 2 weeks then stopped. Idk if this is a side effect but my chest area where my heart is pains sometimes along side my back.

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theresa Says:

I was on Metoprolol 25mg for 4 yrs. I didn't notice anything different at the beginning of taking this medication,besides educing my palpatations. I had numerous test done and my cardiologist could find nothing wrong besides PVCs. In the last year of taking it my heart rate was always below 60 I had vertigo all the time!! Numbness in my hands,anxiety so severe I thought I was losing my mind!! I found a new cardiologist who had me stop cold turkey and within 3 days all of those symptoms have disappeared!! Now the side effects of stopping are not to good either. I first had a rapid heart rate and more PVCs, it's been a month now but I'm starting to feel better. Metoprolol is a horrible medication and I wouldn't recommend it to any one!!

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cookie Says:

i have been taking metoporol for over two months and my legs and feet are severly swollen stopped the med two days ago how long before symptoms disappear?

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Cher Says:

My heart doctor took me off metoprolol yesterday. How long does it take for the side effects to finally leave your system. Cough and breathing problems in addition to other things.

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Kwame Says:

What was the virus you had? Because I take metoprolol as well and have insomnia, itching, headaches, fatigue and so on.

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Hannah Says:

I was prescribed Metoprolol by my GP to try reduce my ectopic heart rhythm, but after 2 (apparently small) doses I am already stopping. Yes, I'm not feeling any more salsa beats but my bpm has dropped to 50-55, I'm nauseous, whoozy and faint, sweating and breathless. Because I'm also epileptic I keep having moments when I feel like I'm about to slip into an aura, but that's quite a similar sensation to feeling faint so might have nothing to do with epilepsy. Still very unsettling!

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Daniel Says:

I went to the emergency room to shortness of breath and fast heartbeat.The cardiologist prescribed Metoprolol 25g. I got dizzy loss appetite the rate got faster..
I got off the medication and prayed God healed me! the medication is dangerous
I started back at the gym for cardio exercise, that's the best way to treat it.

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Brenda Says:

No they didn't go away. I'm changing meds I have to work can't work with these

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Jane Says:

Stopped taking metoprolol succ 25mg slow release. How long before I should see some improvement? The cardiologist stopped without weaning. Could there be side effects for stopping abruptly. Having horrible pains and discomfort in body.

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Johnathan Says:

I'm 25 years old, prescribed Metropolol do too fast heart rate. Started at 25mg now at 100mg. The cardiologists have done tests and have found nothing wrong. Still experiencing fast heart rate and palpitations.

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Kathy Says:

I stopped it a week ago due to terrible dizziness. I'm not right yet. I hope it doesn't take months to get better. I feel like a zombie.

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Mark Says:

I sure agree with you on this. I took it for two days and got off. The side effects were really bad!! Severe stomach bloating, chest pains, depressed mood, etc......

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Yvonne Says:

I never answer to these but this one I will say a word...I was put on metoptolol 25 mg 2xdaily.after too many ER visits from panic atta is and racing heart. I got to say....I do not take the dose I'm giving so I stretch them along. I may take 1a day if I remember it. it they are a little Mira le pill as I have not been to ER since I started them 2 yrs ago. I haven't as known of any real side effects but haven't really studied what they are or can be. So maybe you should not dwell of those that are normally given .I think if so I wouldn't think much of it as it's a whole lot better than a racing heart for hours thinking your a goner... right. ?.

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Jojo Says:

This is a horrible medicine and should be off the market.. I took it side effects kill ya and now going off is terrible. Been in hospital a lot due to side effects

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Godiva Says:

Two weeks on 50 mg Metoprolol and I feel dizzy upon waking from sleep, lightheaded, concentration problems. Pulse markedly lowered, but high blood pressure barely improved. Still at 140 to 160 / 85 to 90. Misery without the benefits. I will find other BP treatment as pharmaceuticals are a joke!

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Lewis Says:

Do side effects improve when stop taking metoprolol

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Tbert Says:

Re: Yvonne (# 17) Expand Referenced Message

Yes. You are absolutely right. We don't take meds for recreation. We take them to improve our health or our quality of life. It is usually a trade off, as all meds have side effects, although they vary from one person to the next.

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Tbert Says:

I am 84 years old and have been on Toprol XL for what seems like a lifetime. I currently take 200 mg per day. Toprol is used to treat anxiety in some cases, so it surprises me that it would cause it. It does cause tiredness, but all meds have side effects. I take it for congestive heart failure and to control afib and heart rythym. It will also help prevent angina if you have heart disease.

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Joe g Says:

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On this crap for 4 months. Hallucinations, anxiety, body on fire. Horrible dreams started on 50 mg, heart pounding went all the way to 150 mg. Very dangerous drug they say all normal. BS.

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Lady Says:

My problem is it causes my blood pressure to be too low and there is concern that could be causing my Kidneys to function right. My doctor told me to stop cold turkey which I thought was unusual

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Janni Says:

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I stopped this drug as my hair was falling out and because I had confusion and memory issues. I feel so much better.

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Margaret Says:

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Re Itchiness all over torso & arms.
Yes I have the above side effect & I only took it for 3 weeks, then left off, telling my doctor of the itchiness side effect. She agreed that I didn't really need the drug the cardiologist recommended as I only had a slight irregular heart beat, which turned out to be caused by a small malfunction of the aortic valve, not really all that serious. I went back onto my previous BP meds. However the itchiness still remains, some days better than others, but still there. Am on Antihistamines which help a bit.

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Joni Says:

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Have itchy skin and like a rash along with sleep issues. Getting 2 hrs then wake up with hot flashes which pass then that repeats the rest of the nite. Itching and rash are a constant. Anybody else with same?

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JOAN Says:

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Hi marie, I am on the same medication as you and have terrible side effects I want to get off this medication but I know I have to wean myself from the meds and I will pass it by my doctor. I am so tired, I just dont function well on these meds. {edited for privacy}

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Nelag Says:

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Did all go away eventually? Including the PVCs? I am dealing with the same thing as you were but I haven't stopped yet, im afraid. I see my cardiologist in 2days. Im on it for fast heart rate.

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Margaret Says:

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This drug is definitely bad news and I would never take it again. I just told my doctor I wasn't taking any more and I would go back to my old BP medication and suffer the consequences, if any. I didn't need this poison in the first place. I am still itching altho not quite as bad, but still uncomfortable all over my torso. My doctor says it will take 3 months to get out of my system. She apologised altho she was only taking direction from the cardiologist. I have a slight irregular heart beat but later the echo found an slight aortic valve leakage malfunction, which is not really life threatening, anyway I will take my chances I told her. I am 80+ years old, and they wouldn't do anything for me anyway here in Tasmania as I am too old.

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