Metoprolol Succinate

Where is Metoprolol Succinate used?

Metoprolol Succinate is a medicine used to prevent angina attacks, lower high blood pressure, control irregular heartbeats, and prevent migraines. This is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does Metoprolol Succinate work?

Metoprolol Succinate is a type of medicine called beta-blocker.  The effects of Metoprolol mean that the heart doesn’t use as much energy to pump blood around the body. Angina chest pain occurs when the heart doesn’t get enough oxygen to meet demand. Metoprolol prevents angina attacks because it reduces the workload of the heart and so decreases its oxygen demand.

This works in hypertension by blocking beta receptors that are found in the heart. This causes the heart to beat slower and less forcefully. By that, it lessens the pressure at which blood is pumped out of the heart and around the body and so lowers blood pressure.

In irregular heartbeats, this drug controls it because a slower heart rate tends to allow the electrical signals in the heart to fire more regularly. It lets the heart beat more regularly. The effect of Metoprolol on the heart and circulation helps control symptoms that are associated with an overactive thyroid gland.

How is Metoprolol Succinate taken?

Metoprolol Succinate is to be taken once a day, by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take each dose with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the medication. You must take this medication exactly as it is prescribed. You should not take more or less or more often than it is given by your doctor. 

Take each dose exactly as it is given by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than the prescription. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.

What are the possible side effects of Metoprolol Succinate?

  • Light-headedness
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems or insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps

What are the precautions in using Metoprolol Succinate?

  • Alcohol does not directly affect the medicine itself. Metoprolol can make some people feel tired, sleepy, or dizzy. If you’re affected in this way it’s best to avoid drinking alcohol. It may make these side effects worse. Also know that alcohol might increase blood pressure and make some heart conditions worse. It’s important to reduce the amount of alcohol that you drink.
  • There are no drinks or food you specifically need to avoid while taking Metoprolol. Just make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet to help your condition.
  • Metoprolol can make some people feel tired or dizzy. You should make sure you know how you react to it before operating machinery or driving. Avoid doing these potentially hazardous activities if affected.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any allergies. Tell as well if you already have an allergic reaction to this drug.
  • This should not be used ruing pregnancy. If you are breastfeeding women or planning to become pregnant, consult your doctor first before taking this drug.