metoprolol, Lopressor, Toprol XL (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Metoprolol is prescribed for patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). It also is used to treat congestive heart failure and angina pectoris (heart pain) related to coronary artery disease. Metoprolol is also useful in slowing and regulating certain types of abnormally rapid heart rates (tachycardias). Other uses for metoprolol include the prevention of migraine headache, hyperthyroidism, and the treatment of certain types of tremors (familial or hereditary essential tremors).

SIDE EFFECTS: Metoprolol is generally well tolerated. Side effects include:

Metoprolol can aggravate breathing difficulties in patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/3/2014


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