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Metoprolol is a beta blocker that is prescribed, alone or along with other agents, to help treat hypertension. It is also prescribed to help treat angina as well as to improve one's survival after a heart attack. In addition, Metoprolol XL is prescribed along with other agents for the treatment of certain forms of heart failure.

US Brand Name Lopressor
Generic Name Metoprolol
Other Brand NameMetolar XR,Lopresor,Seloken Xl, Metocard XL
Manufacturer Ajanta Pharma Ltd., NOVRTIS, Astrazeneca Pharma, Cipla, Intas Laboratories, Torrent
Packing 10
Form Capsule
Strength 50 mg, 100 mg
Available online

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Metoprolol is used for hypertension, angina, arrhythmias, heart attack, heart failure and migraine.

How it Works

Metoprolol is known as a beta-blocker or beta-adrenergic blocking agent, beta-blocking agent. Metoprolol works by blocking the action of certain chemical messengers on the heart and blood vessels,Metoprolol slows down the activity of your heart by stopping messages sent by some nerves to your heart. This effect reduces heartbeat, blood pressure, and strain on the heart following a heart attack.

Common Side effects

Patients who take Metoprolol may suffer from such side effects;

Irregular heartbeat,
Abdominal pain,
Slow heart rate


Metoprolol XR Tablets is a cardioselective beta-blocking drug and it usually affects the way that blood flows through the blood vessels. As a result of this, it is used for the treatment of hypertension, pain in the chest and either treating or preventing a heart attack. This drug is a white powder and is usually taken orally. It can readily dissolve in both water and methanol but only slightly in ethanol.


The major ingredient of this drug is metropolol succinate in crystalline powder form and has inactive components which include: sodium stearyl fumarate, paraffin, silicon dioxide, polyethylene glycol, cellulose compounds and titanium dioxide. This is in a form of capsule and to be taken orally as prescribed by the physician.


Metoprolol XR Tablets should strictly be taken as prescribed by a doctor both in quantities and period of medication. An alteration of this can affect the patient negatively. In addition, the instructions on the drugs label should also be adhered to. This drug should be taken approximately at the same time of day on a daily basis. The daily dose should be taken either with food or immediately after a meal. While taking the tablet, you should not chew it so as to avoid altering the intended absorption rate of the drug. The drug should be stopped slowly when the need arises under a doctor's directive. This will prevent the condition under treatment from deteriorating. Your blood pressure should also be monitored closely and therefore you should ensure you attend the clinics as asked to by the doctor.

Dosage and administration

Metoprolol XR Tablets is usually taken as one tablet orally every day. However, the doctor might prescribe only half a tablet daily and it depends on how he finds your condition.


Metoprolol XR Tablets should not be used be used by persons who are allergic to any beta blocker or any one ingredient of the drug.

Important Precautions

If you are pregnant or you are a breastfeeding mother you should inform your doctor. This will help him or her to make the necessary adjustments while prescribing Metropolol to you. The other conditions that you should inform your doctor about are cirrhosis, problems of the heart, diseases that affect the breathing system, diseases of the kidney, diabetes, an allergy history or pheochromocytoma.


Metoprolol XR Tablets is know to interact with drugs like digitalis, diuretics, terbinafine, diet pills, anti malarial drugs, antidepressants asthma drugs, drugs for diabetes and medicine for hear conditions. Therefore, you should not make use of any of these drugs without the knowledge of your doctor. This is because you might end up suffering serious complications due to an interaction between Metoprolol and the drug.

Side effects

The side effects associated with this drug are breathing difficulties, facial swelling, hives, swelling of lips and tongue swelling. Other side effects include fainting, nausea, unusual bleeding, running short of breath, wheezing and numbness in the limbs. If any of these symptoms arises you should get medical attention immediately. These effects usually vary with different individuals. The less serious and most common side effects include headaches, fatigue, dry mouth, a decrease in libido, insomnia and diarrhea.


Metoprolol XR Tablets should be stored at room temperatures away from the reach of children and in a dry place.