Toprol XL (Metoprolol) is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It also is used to prevent angina (chest pain) and to improve survival after a heart attack. Metoprolol also is used in combination with other medications to treat heart failure. Metoprolol is in a class of medications called beta-blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels and slowing heart rate to improve blood flow and decrease blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common condition and when not treated, can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Damage to these organs may cause heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and other problems. In addition to taking medication, making lifestyle changes will also help to control your blood pressure. These changes include eating a diet that is low in fat and salt, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising at least 30 minutes most days, not smoking, and using alcohol in moderation. Metoprolol XL (Generic) is available for purchase.
Metoprolol comes as a tablet and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth. The regular tablet is usually taken once or twice a day with meals or immediately after meals. The extended-release tablet is usually taken once a day. To help you remember to take metoprolol, take it around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take metoprolol exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. The extended-release tablet may be split. Swallow the whole or half tablets whole; do not chew or crush them. Your doctor may start you on a low dose of metoprolol and gradually increase your dose. Metoprolol controls high blood pressure and angina but does not cure them. Metoprolol extended-release tablets control heart failure but does not cure it. It may take a few weeks before you feel the full benefit of metoprolol. Continue to take metoprolol even if you feel well.
Metoprolol may cause side effects including:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away. Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Metoprolol may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Why is Toprol XL prescribed?
A: It is used for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure
Q: Does Toprol XLhave a generic alternative?
A: Metoprolol XL (Generic) is available for purchase.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Toprol XL?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Toprol XL should be kept in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).