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Metoprolol and Depression

What Should You Look For?

Depression is extremely common in society today. In fact, in any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population (about 18.8 million American adults) has depression. Therefore, knowing the symptoms of depression can be helpful.
 
Possible symptoms may include:
 
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss; overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide and suicide attempts
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain, that do not respond to treatment.
     
Keep in mind that other conditions can share similar symptoms with depression.
 

Metoprolol and Depression: Final Thoughts

For people taking metoprolol, depression may or may not be a side effect. Because the research is unclear, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of depression if you are using a beta blocker. If you have any of these symptoms, or if something "just does not seem right," you should talk to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
Also, if you have a history of depression and are prescribed metoprolol, talk to your doctor. Together you can decide whether a beta blocker makes sense for your particular situation.
 
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