Metoprolol is a custom pharmacy drug, a beta blocker that is prescribed by doctors to improve blood flow in arteries and veins. Metoprolol is used to treat high blood pressure, angina (chest pain), and to prevent heart attacks, as well as to optimize survival rates after a heart attack. It is sometimes used in concert with other drugs but can be used as a stand-alone drug. Metoprolol is not a cure but a control on various heart and blood flow conditions. This drug is also given for movement disorders, irregular heartbeat, and occasionally migraine headaches.
Metoprolol comes in several forms for administration. Orally, metoprolol is given most often as a tablet, normal release and extended-release options. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions during your course of taking metoprolol.
Some patients may experience no side effects at all, but it is possible for anyone taking this drug to experience some, or several side effects. Common side effects seen with metoprolol are:
Other side effects are possible. If any side effects are increasing in intensity and/or lingering, contact your doctor right away.
While the following side effects are not common, they can and do occur. Watch for any severe side effects; see your doctor right away or get medical treatment at once if you experience anything severe.
Some Known Severe Side Effects:
All drugs, including drugs that work with the heart or blood flow, are potent, can cause serious side effects, and can interact negatively with other drugs. Never take metoprolol unless your doctor has specifically cleared it for use by you, for your treatment.
There may be many contraindications for this drug. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all possible contraindications that may be pertinent to your condition, age, or current health status. Discuss all drug options relevant to your condition and treatment to ensure you begin taking the best medication that is most ideal for you specifically.
Metoprolol is contraindicated for the following:
(Possibly others... ask your doctor for more information)
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