Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Toprol XL 

(metoprolol succinate)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

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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.

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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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.

What to expect when you take Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) for Lowers chest pain

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Side effect rates for Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)

3991 From clinical trials of Toprol XL / Heart failure
  • Dizziness/balance problems
  • Slower heartbeat

Risks and Warnings for Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
    • Coronary artery disease

    Don't stop taking Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) suddenly since it may lead to an irregular fast heartbeat, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation to your heart, or increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose if you'd like to stop taking Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)

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