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Metoprolol (Lopressor® and Toprol-XL®) is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions involving the heart and blood vessels, such as congestive heart failure, angina, and high blood pressure. It can also help improve survival rates following a heart attack.
The drug comes in the form of immediate-release or extended-release pills. Metoprolol is typically taken once or twice a day and is available in several strengths.
Metoprolol is part of a group of medications called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, or beta blockers for short. By blocking specific receptors in the body, the medication decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as the workload of the heart. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly.
Although most people tolerate metoprolol well, this medication is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects may include tiredness, dizziness, and diarrhea.
(Click Metoprolol for a more in-depth look at how metoprolol works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
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