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Drug Information

What is Metoprolol Succinate used for?

Metoprolol Succinate is used for the treatment of hypertension, angina and heart attack.

Metoprolol Succinate may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Metoprolol Succinate work?

Metoprolol Succinate belongs to the class of drugs called beta-blockers. This drug acts on the B1 receptors of the heart causing blood vessels to relax. This lowers the blood pressure and decreases the sodium and water retention.

How to take Metoprolol Succinate?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Metoprolol Succinate as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Metoprolol Succinate, please consult the doctor.

What are the drugs that interact with Metoprolol Succinate?

Drugs that interact with Metoprolol Succinate include the following:

  • Aminophylline
  • Atazanavir
  • Diltiazem
  • Dolasetron
  • Ephedrine
  • Ritodrine
  • Theophylline
  • Verapamil

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Metoprolol Succinate?

The following are the most common side effects of Metoprolol Succinate:

  • Sneezing
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Indigestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Discolouration of the skin
  • Loss of interest

The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Sweating
  • Hypotension
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Metoprolol Succinate?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Metoprolol Succinate or similar drugs.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause chest pain and alter the blood pressure.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children.

You are advised not to take Metoprolol Succinate if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Metoprolol Succinate?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart diseases, kidney and liver diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Notify the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Metoprolol Succinate

  1. What are the contraindications of Metoprolol Succinate?
  2. Contraindications of Metoprolol Succinate include diabetes, depression, sick sinus syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis.

  3. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Metoprolol Succinate?
  4. You must monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis while on Metoprolol Succinate.

  5. Can I consume alcohol while on Metoprolol Succinate?
  6. Consumption of alcohol is not recommended while using Metoprolol Succinate, as it can increase the risk side effects of Metoprolol Succinate.

  7. What are the available forms of Metoprolol Succinate?
  8. Metoprolol Succinate is available as an injectable solution, oral tablet, oral extended-release tablet and compounding powder.


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