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(metoprolol tartrate)

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These medications are comparable to Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) or used for similar purposes.

Lopressor
(metoprolol tartrate)

Toprol XL
(metoprolol succinate)

Tenormin
(atenolol)

Coreg
(carvedilol)

Inderal
(propranolol)

Bystolic
(nebivolol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) is good for controlling chest pain, treating heart failure, and heart attack. It has the added benefit of being taken once a day.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Tenormin (atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating a heart attack. It has fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You need to take it on an empty stomach and you can't skip doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Bystolic (Nebivolol) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine for people with heart conditions, and has fewer side effects than other beta blockers, but it's expensive. You can't miss doses.
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Reviews for Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
62%
of people (All ages) say Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is worth it
47%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
464 reviews
Have you used Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)
60%
-2% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
54%
+7% better vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
13%
+2% better vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
164 reviews
Have you used Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Tenormin (atenolol)
58%
-4% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
48%
+1% better vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
16%
-1% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
457 reviews
Have you used Tenormin (atenolol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Coreg (carvedilol)
53%
-9% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
46%
-1% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
18%
-3% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
406 reviews
Have you used Coreg (carvedilol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Inderal (propranolol)
66%
+4% better vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
62%
+15% better vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
15%
Same vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
Have you used Inderal (propranolol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Bystolic (nebivolol)
53%
-9% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
49%
+2% better vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
18%
-3% worse vs. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
154 reviews
Have you used Bystolic (nebivolol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Low mood disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Itching or skin rash 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Slowed heart rate 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
More Lopressor side effects »
  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Low mood disorder 5%
  • Skin rash and itching 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Slower heartbeat 3%
  • Dizziness/balance problems 1%
More Toprol XL side effects »
  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Low mood disorder 3%
  • Cold arms and legs 7%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Light-headedness 3%
  • Leg pain 2%
  • Decreased energy 3%
More Atenolol side effects »
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • High blood sugar 4%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • Weight increase 3%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 8%
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Headache 1%
More Coreg side effects »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Constipation 3%
More Propranolol side effects »
  • Headache 3%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Nausea 3%
More Bystolic side effects »
How it works
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Tenormin (atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart by slowing down the heart and making the heart pump better.Coreg (Carvedilol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Inderal (Propranolol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Bystolic (Nebivolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it work less to pump.
Type of medication
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
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Available as
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
Risk factors for serious side effects
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • Suddenly stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
Detailed Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) risks & warnings »
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidsim
  • Heart failure
Detailed Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) risks & warnings »
  • Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)
  • Taking calcium channel blockers
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Diabetes
  • Taking clonidine
Detailed Tenormin (atenolol) risks & warnings »
  • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Diabetes
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
Detailed Coreg (carvedilol) risks & warnings »
  • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Diabetes
  • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
Detailed Inderal (propranolol) risks & warnings »
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • History of asthma
  • History of diabetes
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
Detailed Bystolic (nebivolol) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
No food related info.No food related info.
  • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
  • Take it with food.
No food related info.No food related info.
Pain
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
  • A first-choice treatment for people who've had a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is cheaper than the extended release version.
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). It makes attacks less frequent and helps you be more active without having chest pain.
  • Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) is a first-choice treatment for heart failure since it may prevent long-term heart damage.
  • It's also a first-choice for heart attack treatment since it lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
  • Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) is the extended release version of metoprolol tartrate and only needs to be taken once a day.
  • It's available as a generic and is relatively cheap.
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • A first-choice treatment for heart attack recovery.
  • At lower doses, Tenormin (atenolol) has fewer side effects than other beta blockers because it targets the heart and not other parts of the body.
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
  • For people with severe heart failure, Carvedilol lowers the risk of worsening heart failure, hospitalization, and sudden death.
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
  • Controls your heart rate to reduce work for your heart.
  • A first-line treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
  • Helps to lower blood pressure if you can't use first-choice treatments or need additional blood pressure control.
  • Many beta blockers can worsen asthma or cause headaches, but Bystolic usually doesn't because it targets the heart more specifically and causes fewer side effects.
Downsides and risks
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
  • Taking Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) may make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or your normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some it may not go away.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure, unless you have heart failure or heart disease. It can also be added to other medicines if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Taking a beta blocker can make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some this may not go away.
  • It's not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease.
  • Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up quickly, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • You need to take Tenormin (atenolol) on an empty stomach.
  • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but it might not go away for others.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure unless you have heart disease. However, your doctor could add it to other medicines you're already if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • You can't miss or skip doses. If you stop Tenormin (atenolol) suddenly, it can cause your blood pressure to go up really quickly, raising your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Tenormin (atenolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
  • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Carvedilol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
  • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Not available in less expensive generic form.
  • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Bystolic suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LopressorToprol XLAtenololCoregPropranololBystolic
  • You should take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with or after meals.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. It can also cause fatigue and headaches.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly unless your doctor tells you to.
  • This is the immediate release version of the medication, so it needs to be taken twice a day. It's different from the extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
  • Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine and let your doctor know if it hasn't improved.
  • It can make you feel tired or give you headaches.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar, so be careful taking this if you have diabetes.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • This is the extended-release version, but it also comes in an immediate-release form, metoprolol tartrate.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Raises good cholesterol.
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing in your eyes or skin.
  • Take it with food.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Can cause fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • Can cause headache, dizziness, or feeling short of breath in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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