Compare Diovan vs. Toprol XL
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.
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.
- A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
- Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
- Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
- Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
- 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.
- Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
- Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
- 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.
- Extended release
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- Slower heartbeat2%
- Harm to fetus
- Women of childbearing age
- Unusual tongue swelling
- African descent
- Heart problems due to high potassium
- Current kidney problems
- Medicine that increase potassium
- Use of salt substitute
- Heart problems
- Sudden discontinuation of medicine
- Coronary artery disease
- Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
- Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
- Increased symptoms of heart failure
- Heart failure
- Increased risks during surgery
- Major surgery requiring anesthesia
- Trouble breathing (bronchospastic disease)
- History of asthma
- History of COPD