What is Metoprolol Tartrate?
Metoprolol Tartrate is a beta-blocker drug that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). It is prescribed primarily for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain). It is also used to prevent or treat a heart attack. Metoprolol Tartrate is sold under various trade names, a couple of which are Toprol XR and Metolar (made by Cipla).?
Important Information about Metoprolol Tartrate
Do not take Metoprolol Tartrate (Toprol XR, Metolar) if you have a known allergy to Metoprolol, or if you have a serious heart conditions such as a heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or slow heart rate
If you are scheduled for a surgery, inform your surgeon well in advance that you are using Metoprolol Tartrate. You may be required to suspend taking this medicine for a short time. Also do not stop taking Metoprolol Tartrate without your doctor?s advice. If you stop taking this medicine suddenly, your condition will deteriorate for the worse.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, continue taking Metoprolol Tartrate even if you don?t have any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn?t have any outwardly signs. You may have to take this medicine formany years.
Metoprolol Tartrate is an pregnancy category C drug. It is not known whether this medication can harm an unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. This medication can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. You must consult your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Before taking Metoprolol Tartrate
To ensure that this drug is safe for you, inform your doctor before taking Metoprolol Tartrate if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, low blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, depression, a thyroid disorder, myasthenia gravis, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland), circulation problems (such as Raynaud?s syndrome), or a history of allergies.
How should I take Metoprolol Tartrate?
Take Metoprolol Tartrate strictly according to your doctor?s directions or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Refer the instructions in them for detailed information on that particular medication. Metoprolol Tartrate should be taken with food or just after a meal. Do not chew or crush an extended release capsule, swallow it whole. You may break it in half and swallow it if the doctor has told you to do so. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place.
Metoprolol Tartrate is a part of a full line of treatment for blood pressure which includes diet restrictions, exercises, and other medicines. Follow a proper regimen of these things as directed by your doctor to keep your blood pressure in control.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Metoprolol Tartrate for any reasons out of your control, take it the moment you remember it. However, skip the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to overdose leading to harmful effects.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Metoprolol Tartrate, get emergency medical attention or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose may result in uneven heartbeat, breathlessness, bluish colored fingernails, dizziness, weakness, seizure, or fainting.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Metoprolol Tartrate
Metoprolol Tartrate may impact your thinking capability and reflexes. Take extra care while driving or other such activities that require a high level of mental awareness and alertness. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption while taking Metoprolol Tartrate. Also, avoid getting up quickly from a lying or sitting position otherwise you may feel dizzy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for any other restrictions while using this medicine.
Metoprolol Tartrate Side Effects
Some common and non serious side effects of Metoprolol Tartrate are dizziness, drowsiness, light headedness, diarrhea, or tiredness. If any of these side effects persist or deteriorate, seek medical attention immediately.
Metoprolol Tartrate may reduce blood supply to hands and feet causing them to feel cold. This effect may be worsened by smoking. Warm dressing and tobacco avoidance is advised.?
Other rare but serious side effects of this medication are very slow heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, blue finger or toes, breathing trouble, new or worsening symptoms of heart failure (swelling of ankles/feet, severe tiredness, shortness of breath, unexplained or sudden weight gain), mental or mood changes (confusion, mood swings, depression).
The side effects mentioned above are not the only ones that you may experience or witness due to Metoprolol Tartrate. If you get any serious side effects due to this medication, contact your doctor right away. You may also report your side effects to the FDA by calling 1800-FDA-1088.
Metoprolol Tartrate Dosing Information
Metoprolol Tartrate dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor?s advice properly for best results.
Interaction with other drugs
Other drugs can interact with Metoprolol Tartrate. Some of them include allergy drugs, cimetidine, clonidine, digitalis, dobutamine, terbinafine, haloperidol, isoproterenol, blood thinner such as warfarin, doxazosin, prazosin, terazosin, amiadarone, propafenone, quinidine, fluconazole, insulin or oral diabetes medicines, antidepressants, other heart or blood pressure medicine, medicines for asthma or other breathing disorders, HIV medicines, anti malaria medications, or MAO inhibitors.
However, these are not the only drugs that can interact with Metoprolol Tartrate. Inform your doctor in advance if you use any other medicines or related products. Never start a new medicine without proper medical advice.