Toprol XL


Comment from: morgan 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: October 30

I have been taking the actavis generic brand for a decade with no problems but sadly walgreens isn't carrying it anymore. They filled it with generic Teva which is making me feel terrible. Any ideas on how to get Actavis?

Comment from: Concerned 65-74 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: February 29

My BP was stable while using Metoprolol Succinate XR 100 mg. mfg. Actavis round white pill 832 over a decade, only problem my heart seem to beat hard and some digestive problems. The last 90 day supply was oval shaped 677 Teva mfg. did not control my BP at all. Headache, irritable and tiredness alerted me something was wrong and readings were 200/150, remaining elevated for several days. I went to Urgent Care at my family doctor for a BP check and it was abnormally elevated verifying that my BP monitor was correct. As patients and consumers how can we be ensured access to medications that work for us? The drug companies buy each other and pharmacies buy from various suppliers; drugs are from other countries not made in the USA! Since we are paying the price monetarily and physically; we should have access to medications that work best for us as individuals. Generic drugs ingredients vary and obviously not the same efficacy across the board. Its like playing Russian Roulette being forced into trying various generic drugs.

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Comment from: Metoprolol EX 65-74 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: April 24

Have been on this medication for 24 days an blood pressure remains high

Comment from: tam 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 15

I am having severe eye bad that I can barely open my eyes. Anyone else doing this. I feel really tired and it is pulling heart rate down to about 40 at times.

Comment from: 2 Rods with 40 Screws. 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 01

Following a 14 hr. Spinal Fusion surgery with considerable blood loss, I began having a rapid heart beat, but ONLY when trying to stand up from my hospital bed. It had been an issue in the past as well, as I have undergone MANY (20+) spinal surgeries,and I felt dizzy & light-headed following those procedures also.I had NOT been treated with medication, in a few cases I simply required a transfusion to restore my lowered blood level and some additional rest. This time, the hospital's cardiac Dr on call put me on Toprol 25, which helped, but in general, my symptoms went away after about 3-4 days.Afterwards, at my follow-up with my Primary Dr., I was found to have hypothyroidism, and he started me on Levothyroxine, and continued the Toprol as he felt the thyroid replacement could cause rapid heart beat in the beginning. About 8 months later I began to have severely increased fluid retention in my legs despite being on a long term diuretic. They felt puffy and weak, my walking was extremely limited with barely enough energy to walk down my driveway. I have NEVER had to watch my weight,and I very rarely gain due to over eating. Suddenly I began to pack on pounds despite no change in my diet, though it seemed the additional weight was restricted to my legs and feet, while the rest of me remained the same. (I am on the smaller side, 5'1", and 100 lbs.) Reducing my intake was of no help at all, and I was tired, lacked stamina, and had little interest in my usual hobbies. I slowly began to take fewer and fewer Toprol tabs and immediately saw a reduction in the leg puffiness, and feeling of excess fluid in my legs and feet. My stamina is slowly returning to normal, and I am hopeful I will be back to normal soon in the near future.Sometimes all that's required is rest and letting nature take it's course to heal to return to my old self. Medications are not always required no matter what the issue is.Many times, less is best!!

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Comment from: Nurse 1967 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 10

After a few months I noticed I was having edema in my feet. It got worse and worse. Difficult to walk. Also had shortness of breath after very slight exertion. It was added as a third med but my pressure with it was not much lower than on my other meds. Was taking 25 mg and did not want to increase.

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Comment from: John 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 05

Been using Metroprolol (Toprol.XL) for less then 3 months. Experienced an immediate acceleration of Blood Pressure (which had previously been normal), extreme swelling in ankles and feet (painful and hard to put on shoes), itchy rash on stomach, excessive gas, weight gain of 22 lbs in just 5-1/2 weeks. Had been using Metroprolol (Lopressor) for nine years, with none of these side effects. Spoke to the doctor; he says my side effects only effect 1% of people (here I am รข?? the obvious 1%), but he thinks there is another cause for problems. Still waiting, but patience is thin !!

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Comment from: Steve 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 07

I had no idea my doctor switched me to this drug. I have had horrible headaches from months on this drug. They are now switching me to something else.

Comment from: ina 75 or over Female less than 1 month Patient Published: September 26

Took a half of the prescribed 25mg. pill before bedtime as prescribed. Horrible side effects. Restless, severe stomach pain, nervousness. Will not take again.

Comment from: grammy 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 07

Started taking a couple months ago for HBP but it seemed that my blood pressure increased for awhile. I also have swollen ankles, feet and hands, always tired, weight gain and all around fatigue. I take 100 mg a day and 5 mg Norvasc. I have an appointment to see if these are side effects or not.

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Comment from: sseals 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 17

I was on atenolol for 10 plus years. loved it but now there is a shortage of it. Doctor switched me to 100 mg of the generic of toporol. Horrible drug I had extremely high blood pressure, brain fog and lightheadness. After a visit to ER got switched to another beta blocker and back to my self!

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Comment from: theuniqueldy 65-74 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: April 26

Have been on a bata blocker for 34 yrs. for MVP then AF. Now on 200 mg. BID (2 x day) for 2 yrs. it has has worked well keeping my heart rate down and regular. ONLY thing, for the last 2 days my normal BP is now high, my pulse is still low but I am having intermittent chest pain

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Comment from: Randy 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 19

My doctor prescribed metoprolol 50mg for high blood pressure. I took it the first time in the evening because I had heard that it caused dizziness in a lot of people. However, it did not make me dizzy at all. By the evening of the next day I began to feel bloating in my rib cage like I was just very full. The second day I felt even worse and by the third day after taking 4 doses I was so miserable I could not eat or sleep. It was like I had gorged myself and could not burp or belch and just kept getting worse. I called my doctor and he pulled me off of it and is going to put me on something else. Within 48 hours the bloating went away completely.

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Comment from: cc 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: July 13

After starting I starting getting a roar in ears that was life disturbing. 4 different MD'S said it couldn't be the Toprol. Finally found a MD to try another med Cartia the roaring stopped within 4 days.

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Comment from: Redstripe 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: June 04

I've taken 12.5 mg/ day ( evening) for just 6 weeks. My average bp is 111/72, average pulse 63 on this. My Bp was never high. I have lost about 4- 5 lbs since starting. Side effects have been fatigue, severe for the first few weeks, occasional insomnia, but those have lessened as time has gone by, but still occasional.I'm female, 69, 125 lbs, in general good health.

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Comment from: LYNN45! 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 03

I have been on the 25mg of this for over 10 years. If your insurance won't pay for name brand the ONLY generic that is the same,also made by same company, is by Par. I have had pharmacy switch generics in the past and they same there all the same well there not. Bad side effects, racing heart, feeling unwell. Now I go to a pharmacy that doesn't play the switching game. Please try the generic by par!

Comment from: Darren 45-54 Male 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: May 26

I am 53 years old and have been taking Toprol(metatoprol) .25mg for 7 years. I have had no side effects at all. I have no pain and have not gained an ounce of weight. I do however have a strict excercise program of 30 minutes of cardio 3 times per week and light weights 4 times per week (1 hour), so about one hour per day. I have actually enjoyed less anxiety in public speaking and have kept my BP at about 110/70 (down from 140/90)

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Comment from: Magally g 55-64 Female Patient Published: May 01

I take toprol lx 50 mg for years working pretty good my blood pressure is under control now the insurance dont want to paid my medication feel so upset my blood pressure is crazy

Comment from: mapinthepoconos 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: April 11

I started taking this medicine about 2 months ago. The generic bran. Within days my joints were all killing me. I'm tired all the time, craving sweets which I don't want or need. I'm weaning off. My doctor says it's all in my head. I feel he is too quick to give meds and not finding the reason for the HP.


Pharmacy Editor: Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD

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