Metoprolol Side Effects

Metoprolol tartrate 25mg Says:

I started Metoprolol Tartrate 25mg being one tab every 12 hours. I was in the hospital with a blood pressure of 200/130, sometimes higher with a high pulse and irregular heartbeat. I experienced tightening in chest, slight difficulity in breathing, and extreme variables in my pressures. Most of the time they are in the normal range, but occasionally my systolic has dropped under 100 and my diastolic was 58. I am monitoring my foods and am also taking Ativan twice daily. I am terrified. Anybody else have these variables in pressures? I have only been on the medicines for four weeks now. I have had diabetes and thyroid neg testing. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder??? Never heard of it before. All my family including five siblings have high blood pressure as well.

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Verwon Says:

These types of variations are not normal, nor necessarily safe. Have you spoken to your doctor about them and if so, what have they said?

Have they run any other types of tests to pinpoint a cause?


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nowfaithbeejay Says:

Is Metoprolol anything like lisinopril hctz if it is you need to get re-evaluated ASAP this could be very dangerous. I was just taken off of lisinopril hctz by the emergency room doctor because of having a rapid heart rate . I thought it was panic attacks. It was that awful medication for blood pressure lisinopril hctz. You need to follow up with a physican asap. If your doctor is not listening you need to get another doctor that will

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seekerjohn Says:

If I were you, I'd learn to relax. Your symptoms are very much in line with panic disorder. Panic disorder can cause all of your symptoms including shortness of breath and unsteady blood pressure--which fluctuates a good d eal during the day for everybody.
Also your fluctuations are not abnormal att all. You might resolve your fears entirely with a combination of anti-anxiety medication in the short run and some sessions of talk therapy. I speak from personal experience. Be assured that your symptomas are treatable, NOT life threatening
and very common. Anxiiety atacks are awful to go through, but they won't cause any permanent damage that I know of. Reach out; help is available for your very common problem. Good luck, and have some faith!

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jc Says:

has anybody experince these side effects while on lisinopril shortness of breath depression? what about metoprolol tightness of the jaw, neck, back gum pain and headaches?

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joyce Says:

I was on Metoprolol Succ ER - 100 Mg for eight months - from day one I would have high blood pressure and very rapid heart beat -In those eight months I went to emergency five times only to be told - Panic Attacks - or I was very healthy. My Cardiologist and Primary Doctor could not find any problems. I was requested to go off of all beta blockers in order to have a stress test - No Metoprolol for two days and no" attacks", as I referred to them. I then realized these pills are quite large so I put them into a spoon and mixed with water before swallowing. It has been one month with no "attacks" My two doctors have indicated it is quite unlikely this was the problem. I KNOW IT WAS!!!!!

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Jason Says:

Don't believe this fellow AT ALL. I had exactly the same problem with this medication and suffer from no anxiety at all. The medicine sucks. Get off it. And that guy should learn to be more respectful of people who may simply be on the wrong medication, and who wants to have blood pressure problems continually (I had my high blood pressure for over 2 years on the drug when before taking the drug my bp was low-normal always)? And yessss, high blood pressure is indicative of life-threatening problems if left untreated. Most doctors will fob you off. Get off this abominable drug. It made me feel like I was having a cardiac arrest EVERY night and I have positively nothing wrong with my heart just my blood pressure. As soon as I went off it my bp was excellently normal again and no spikes in blood pressure during the course of the night and, thankfully, no feeling like I was in the throes of a cardiac arrest. We're not all panic junkies, ya know. I think that guy is a bozo and should think before he writes such drivel. He obviously never had a medication go wrong on him. I personally think he must be a doctor. His ego dictates nothing less.

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Verwon Says:

Metoprolol is not the right medication for everyone, everyone can react to it differently.

I also had severe problems with it and had to stop taking it. My doctor actually listed it in the allergic reactions section of my medical records to ensure that no one prescribes it to me, again.

At any time, if you are taking a medication and having unusual side effects or problems, you should contact your doctor and if they will not listen or help, then go to a different doctor or your nearest emergency care facility.

Unfortunately, doctors are not as well schooled in medications as pharmacists, so they are often only familiar with the basic side effects and details they may have learned through experience with other patients.


It is, however, very important to know that you should not stop taking this medication abruptly, on your own. Metoprolol does have an effect on the heart and, even if you don't have a heart problem, stopping it abruptly can cause rebound effects, which could include accelerated heart rate, atrial fibrillation and heart attack.

There is another medication in the same class that also works very well for most people, but it is not known to cause such severe and dangerous side effects. The name of it is Carvedilol, so you may want to ask your doctor about trying it.


Are there any other questions or comments?

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olive Says:

I work in health care. thought I "knew it all". I was put on Metoprolol for arrhythmia. I have had one exhausting year....too tired to get out of my own way. No way would my doctor take me off. Well, I argued till he did. I couldn't believe how much better I feel. Get off Metoprolol, it is terrible.

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spirit Says:

hello im deeply concerned about my situation hoping u can help i am 65 yrs old and i had a stroke last year and 2 weeks of therapy thank god i came out of it 6 months after my stroke i had a heart attact i was life flighted to hospital they performed 2 stent implants sent me home my medication was fine up untill i turned 65 got my medicare and could not go to va clinic i had to find new doctors which still dont listen to me just give me blood pressor meds that have bad side effects now i just got home from new cardioligest he put me on lopressor i told him i was on it before and i had bad side effects he looked at me like i was crazy but i know my body i lived in it 4 65 yesrs and went through a lot of meds on trial and error today my blood pressure is 188/90 he recomented stress test tomorrow i dont know what to do now please help my nerves are
about shot

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Verwon Says:

Spirit are there any cardiac clinics in your area? They are usually run by a local hospital, so you may want to call around and ask if they have one.

That's what I had to go to, so I could finally get the help I needed and have someone that would listen to me about the problems I was having with other blood pressure medications that doctors had tried to give me in the past.

Lopressor contains Metoprolol as the active ingredient and, as you can see from the other posts in this thread, there are many people that have problems with it. It is well known to cause severe side effects in many people.

There are other options that you can try, the one I switched to, that isn't known to cause as many side effects is Carvedilol.


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maribel soto Says:

Hi,I have palpitations,so my doctor sent me home with the heart monitor for one month,i went to get my results n he said my results was normal,then he described metroprolol for me and he said theres no side affect,after reading all the comments about metropolol im thinking twice about taking them.i'am going for a second opinon.

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Verwon Says:

Maribel, all medications carry the risk of side effects, even over the counter products.

And while Metoprolol can cause side effects and some people have problems with it, the posts that you see here about that are just a very small percentage of the people using the medication.

There are many, many more that take it every day and don't have a problem with it, so they aren't on here posting.

Some people will experience them and have problems, so their dose will have to be lowered, or they'll have to switch to another medication.

However, most others won't have any severe problems, with it.

There is no way to know who will or will not have any problems with it. Thus, your best bet is to follow your doctors advice and see how the medication works for you.


Are there any other comments or questions?

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Debbie Says:

BP 101/78 PRETTY SCARY WHEN IT'S BEEN ELEVATED THEN STEADY AT ABOUT 129/86...WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? My son was hospitalized about 3 weeks ago with sudden onset of high blood pressure and a heart rate of 115. Upon his release home, he was prescribed this horrible medication- first at 25 mg. once a day then bumped up to 50 mg. the following week ( 25 mg in the morning and 25 mg 12 hours later ). He is 23 years old and has Cerebral Palsy, confined to a wheelchair.
Woke up this morning with beautiful numbers ( 113/76 74 PULSE ) so I called the Dr. to ask if we should cut the meds in half. I know it is dangerous to just stop taking it and he must wean... but I am afraid his blood pressure may drop too low... MD advised to skip morning dose altogether but by noon, his pulse was 113 although his bp was quite normal. Called MD again. Was advised to take half dose to lower heart rate and usual dose tonight. WELL

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Debbie Says:

UPDATE: Son has now safely lowered his dose to 12.5 mg. twice a day. ( For 1 week, per MD ) No elevation in BP or heart rate. Dr. advised to lower again this week down to one 12.5 mg. dose in the morning only.
Seizure like episodes twice this week during the night.
Dr. states the less medicine taken, the less side effects will occur. Also to give it a month and body should adjust with minimal side effects if any. Has now been a month. How much more can he endure?! Has anyone else had seizures/episodes like this? If so, what can be done? HELP?

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Mark Says:

I've been taking Metoprolol 100 mg twice a day for a month now. I have the same symptoms as you and more. blood pressure 200/135 Now blood presure jumps all around but mostly is 90/50 heart beat 42. Sometimes blood pressure is normal But most of the time I Feel like IM going to die, so I've been weaning my self off of it. Finally stopped taking it today have not died yet and my blood pressure is normal heart beat almost 50 feel much better so far. Two weeks ago also started a juicing diet and cut all salt out. I suggest that anyone with heart problems or health problems in general watch Fat Sick & Almost Dead you can catch it on Netflix or Amazon or order it on Amazon. Also watch Forks over Knives This two Documentaries will change your thinking about taking all this medication. People with the same conditions as us have cured them selves with the diets they recommend so that's what IM trying to do. You should have your doctor monitor you while on these diets. My doctor won't do it so IM doing it on my own and hoping for the best. IM going to die taking all these medication anyway I feel like IM going to try the healthy diet way if I die then I die.
Good Luck to you all

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mike Says:

I wonder if im the same, been on 25mg for about a
year now, feel like crap every day, and now today i went in and i was reading at 160/108 so i've been
given a new 50mg plan... Is this making it worse?
Most of u that got off sound great! How should i get
Off? What to tell my doc? And hoe to get off thid medine?

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Suzan Says:

Been taking 50 mg for about 6 months now and I do have anxiety issues. For the past few weeks when I take the lopressor at night I have wierd feelings and anxiety symptoms or almost 3 hours straight. Horrible!!!!!!! I'm headed to doctor now to get off this crap

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Debbie Says:

This drug is over prescribed, bad side effects

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cindy Says:

Doctor has me on lisinopril 20mg once a day also metoprolol tartrate table 25mg twice a. Been on these medicine for about 2weeks and for the last 3 days I feel very lightheaded like I am going to pass out I even feel funny when I am lying in bed. Is this due to the medicine because I have been taking it for 2 weeks and this just started 3days ago please help thanks.

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Julie Says:

I have been on metoprolol tar 12.5 twice a day. Been on med about 4 weeks.I feel like I am so exhausted and at times like I might pass out. Bp and hr is good. I was put on med due to irregular hr and slightly high bp from panic disorder. Will I get used to this in time? I want some energy back without the faintness

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