metoprolol-succinate-er
(Toprol XL)

This medicine is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (beta-blocker) used to treat high blood pressure, alone or with other medicines. It is also used for the long-term treatment of chest pain and to treat certain types of heart failure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (beta-blocker) used to treat high blood pressure, alone or with other medicines. It is also used for the long-term treatment of chest pain and to treat certain types of heart failure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to another beta-blocker (eg, propranolol). IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF ANY SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION, talk with your doctor. You may be at risk for an even more severe allergic reaction if you come into contact with the substance that caused your allergy. Some medicines used to treat severe allergies may also not work as well while you are using this medicine. LAB TESTS, including liver function tests and blood cholesterol levels, may be performed while you use this medicine. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS, DIZZINESS, OR LIGHTHEADEDNESS. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medicine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. This medicine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects. PATIENTS WHO TAKE MEDICINE FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms. DO NOT SUDDENLY STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE without first consulting your doctor. If your doctor decides you should no longer use this medicine, you will need to stop this medicine gradually according to your doctor's instructions. IF YOUR DOCTOR HAS INSTRUCTED YOU TO CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE and heart rate regularly, be sure to do so. TELL YOUR DOCTOR OR DENTIST that you take this medicine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not take any medicines used to treat colds or congestion without first talking with your doctor or pharmacist. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine. FOR WOMEN: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. This medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use this medicine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby. DIABETES PATIENTS: this medicine may hide signs of low blood sugar, such as rapid heartbeat. Be sure to watch for other signs or low blood sugar. Low blood sugar may make you anxious, sweaty, weak, dizzy, drowsy, or faint. It may also make your vision change; give you a headache, chills, or tremors; or make you more hungry. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
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