Metoprolol Xl 50mg Vrs Metoprolol 50 Mg

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Bob Says:

I have been taking one Metoprolol XL 50MG (listed as a substitute for Toprol XL 50 MG TAB) tablet once a day. My doctor tells me it is now unavailable and he must prescribe an alternative. So I just received my new prescription that reads Metoprolol 50 MG TAB (substituted for Lopressor 50MG TABLET). My instructions are to take one tablet twice daily. Isn't this twice the dose I was taking?

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Metoprolol 50 mg tabs Says:

What you need to do is cut your 50 mg tabs in half and take 25 mg twice a day, or you will be getting double the dosage which could be very dangerouse. The Metoprolol ER 50 mg is an extended release tablet which basically gives you 25 mg early on and 25 mg later in the day.

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Verwon Says:

Actually it DOES NOT release half earlier in the day and half later, that is NOT how they work, the medication is slowly secreted in small amounts all through the day to keep a constant amount in your body.

That is what the XL tablets do, the regular release do release all at once and are not sustained in the body throughout the day.

Cutting the pills and splitting the dose will NOT help this, please speak to your doctor about another solution.

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