Toprol XL

(metoprolol succinate)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 164 reviewsforToprol XL
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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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Quick facts about Toprol XL
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (metoprolol succinate)

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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People’s experience with Toprol XL

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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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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.

Quick facts about Toprol XL
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (metoprolol succinate)

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Dosage forms

  • Extended release
People’s experience with Toprol XL

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

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  • Low heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Breathing problems
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Side effect rates for Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)

From 3991 clinical trials of Toprol XL when taken for heart failure
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Toprol XL.

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats angina pectoris (chest pain).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats angina pectoris (chest pain).

Common concerns from people taking Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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