What is Toprol XL?
Toprol XL (metoprolol) is a beta1-selective (cardioselective) adrenoceptor blocking agent.
What is Toprol XL used for?
Toprol XL is used to treat chest pain (angina), high blood pressure or hypertension, and heart failure. Reducing high blood pressure helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems.
How does Toprol XL work?
Toprol-XL works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in the body that affect the heart and blood vessels. This helps in reducing blood pressure, heart rate and strain on the heart.
How to use Toprol XL
Toprol-XL should be taken in the manner prescribed by the doctor. Taking it for longer periods or in larger amounts than recommended can cause health problems.
The drug is usually taken once daily, with a full glass of water. It can be taken with food or right after a meal. Do not break, crush or chew the tablet. Swallow it. Remember to take the medicine at the same time each day.
Get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis while using Toprol-XL.
Toprol XL warnings and precautions
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to metoprolol or if you have certain heart conditions like heart block, slow heartbeats or sick sinus syndrome.
Prior to taking Toprol-XL, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, low blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure, a thyroid disorder, problems with circulation (such as Raynaud's syndrome), depression, or pheochromocytoma.
While using Toprol-XL avoid drinking alcohol and performing activities that require alertness. If you need to undergo a surgery, tell your surgeon about the use of Toprol-XL in advance.
Pregnant and lactating women should not use this drug without consulting their doctors.
What do I do if I have missed a Toprol XL dose?
If you have missed your Toprol-XL dose you can take the missed dose as soon as you remember but do not take it if it is time for your next dose.
What do I do if I have taken a Toprol XL overdose?
If you have taken a Toprol-XL overdose you should seek emergency medical attention.
Toprol XL interactions
Before taking Toprol-XL, consult your doctor if you are taking drugs like clonidine (Catapres), diuretic (water pill), digoxin (Lanoxin, Digitalis), terbinafine (Lamisil), ritonavir (Norvir), an MAO inhibitor such as tranylcypromine (Parnate), isocarboxazid (Marplan), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) or phenelzine (Nardil); a diabetes medication such as glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase), insulin, glipizide (Glucotrol), metformin (Glucophage) , or chlorpropamide (Diabinese); heart medicines such as reserpine (Serpasil), quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex), nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), propafenone (Rythmol), verapamil (Calan, Verelan, Isoptin); cold medicines, stimulants, or diet pills; medicine to treat mental illness or depression such as fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban), thioridazine (Mellaril), or paroxetine (Paxil); medicine for asthma or other breathing disorders such as bitolterol (Tornalate), albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil), metaproterenol (A
Toprol XL side effects
Toprol-XL side effects include hives, breathing trouble; swelling of face, tongue, lips, throat, hands or feet; and other allergic reactions.
Pounding heartbeats, chest pain or fluttering in chest, feeling short of breath, fainting, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, itching, depression, stomach ache, clay-colored stools, dark urine, wheezing, memory problems, confusion, hallucinations, unusual bleeding (mouth, rectum, nose or vagina), easy bruising, red or purple spots under your skin are also side effects from Toprol-XL. If you get any of these side effects after using Toprol-XL, contact your doctor right away.
Nervousness, anxiety, constipation, vomiting, dry mouth, diarrhea, heartburn, drowsiness, insomnia, headache, tired feeling, impotence, decreased sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm are some less serious side effects of Toprol-XL.
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