Compare Toprol XL vs. Betapace

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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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 164 reviewsforToprol XL
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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.
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Used for
  • Atrial arrhythmia Ventricular arrhythmia
  • Life threatening
  • Angina pectoris
  • Chronic Hypertension
Dosage forms
  • Extended release
  • Pill
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Reviews
164 reviews so far
60%
saidit'sworth it
54%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Dizziness/balance problems
    2%
  • Slower heartbeat
    2%
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The Betapace (Sotalol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Heart problems
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
    • Hyperthyroidsim
  • 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
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