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Metoprolol

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.

HOW TO USE:

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.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

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:

  • Feeling Tired
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Gas and/or Bloating
  • Cold Feet and Hands
  • Runny Nose
  • Rash and/or Itching
  • Nausea
  • Xerostomia
  • Stomach Pain

Other side effects are possible. If any side effects are increasing in intensity and/or lingering, contact your doctor right away.

Severe Side Effects:

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:

  • Wheezing
  • Weight Gain
  • Pounding Heartbeat
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Swelling (ankles, feet, lower legs, hands)
  • Shortness of Breath

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

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:

  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Hypersensitivity to Beta Blockers
  • Hypersensitivity to Metoprolol
  • Severe Peripheral Arterial Circulatory Disorders of Any Kind
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Heart Block
  • Heart Rate Lower than 45 BPM

(Possibly others... ask your doctor for more information)

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