Metoprolol is only part of a complete program of treatment for hypertension that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control.
Seniors may need a smaller dose of metoprolol at first.
The carvedilol or metoprolol European trial COMET enrolled patients with stable heart failure and compared each drug head-to-head.
As the Toprol-XL label states, the individual should take the extended-release metoprolol succinate tablet regularly and continuously, once each day, and preferably with or just after a meal.
However, despite these differences in pharmacokinetics, studies have concluded that both agents produce similar clinical effects both acute and chronically. Abrupt withdrawal may precipitate life-threatening arrhythmias, hypertension, or myocardial ischemia. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Oral administration heart rate rhythm and blood pressure should be monitored.
Ask your doctor before use if you are taking the following medications:
PSA baseline should be established at least 3 months after starting treatment and PSA monitored periodically thereafter.
Drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling.
Smoking irritates the lungs and will make your breathing problem worse.
If you are treating high blood pressure or may be at risk of developing high blood pressure, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
These effects can be used to therapeutic advantage, but dosage adjustments may be necessary. Patients should be monitored closely and the dose should be adjusted according to clinical response. Therefore, in general, it is recommended that dosing proceed with caution in this population.