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What is Metoprolol?

Metoprolol is a beta-blocker medication used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and chest pain (angina). Beta-blockers block the effects of adrenaline. Doctors prescribe Metoprolol to prevent a second heart attack or migraine headaches. Metoprolol is also used to lower the risk of death in heart patients or patients needing to be hospitalized for heart failure. It is usually advised to be taken regularly.

What are the uses of Metoprolol?

Metoprolol blocks the action of certain natural chemicals (such as epinephrine) in your body, which affect the heart and blood vessels. Metoprolol lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and stress on the heart. If consumed regularly, it treats high blood pressure in a few weeks. People with high blood pressure do not feel sick often, with the help of Metoprolol. It is your heart’s buddy in the truest sense.

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What are the side effects of Metoprolol?

Nearly every medicine that reduces high blood pressure or hypertension tends to have mild to severe side effects if consumed in the wrong manner or doses. If you are experiencing any side effects of Metoprolol, such as blurred vision, chest pain or dizziness, discomfort, confusion, lightheadedness or faintness while getting up, unusual tiredness or weakness, sweating, slow or irregular heartbeat consult your physician. You may get in touch with our medical expert to know more.

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FAQ's

1. Can Metoprolol cause hair loss?

Metoprolol-induced hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a rare (yet real) side effect. It is an uncommon side effect of Metoprolol; hence many times, a general physician may not mention it as a side effect. Metoprolol, in rare cases, induces hypothyroidism which in turn causes hair fall.

2. Does Metoprolol cause headaches?

Oral consumption/intake of Metoprolol causes headaches in almost all patients. Mild to severe headaches, dizziness, tiredness, etc,. are common side effects of Metoprolol. It is advised that the doses be taken only with a proper prescription from the physician.

3. Should I take Metoprolol in the Morning or at Night?

Metoprolol is a beta-blocker; hence it slows down the heart rate, making it easier for the heart to pump blood around the body. The initial dose of Metoprolol may make you feel dizzy or tired, so take it at bedtime. Speak to our medical expert before starting the doses.

4. Can Amlodipine and Metoprolol be taken at the same time?

Doctors often prescribe a combination of Amlodipine and Metoprolol. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that relaxes the blood vessels, and Metoprolol is a beta-blocker that slows down the heart rate. These medicines prescribed together make the heart more efficient in pumping blood.

5. Does Metoprolol cause palpitations?

All the beta-blockers must be used with caution by people who have some respiratory diseases. Consumption of Metoprolol decreases the symptoms of hypoglycemia (e.g., fast heart rate, palpitations, tremors, etc.). Beta-blockers increase the risk of insulin-induced hypoglycemia.

6. Does Metoprolol slow heart rate?

Slow heart rate, depression, diarrhea, skin rash, and shortness of breath are some symptoms that heart patients experience. You must keep a check on the heart rate in case of overdose or skipping a Metoprolol dose, and visit your general physician in case of any abnormalities.

7. What foods should I avoid while taking Metoprolol?

Beta-blockers are used to treat high blood pressure, hypertension, chest pain, etc. If you are on beta-blockers (such as Metoprolol), you must avoid eating or drinking products that have caffeine or over-the-counter cough and cold medicines or antihistamines or antacids containing aluminium.

8. Is Metoprolol a blood thinner?

Metoprolol is a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, hypertension, etc. It also improves the chances of survival post-heart-attack. It is included in the class of drugs called beta-blockers. It relaxes the blood vessels and slows the heart rate. There is less or no evidence found to strictly term it as a blood thinner.

9. Can you eat bananas with Metoprolol?

Bananas are full of potassium, helping the electrical activity of the heart. Beta-blockers such as Metoprolol also contain potassium. Consuming too much potassium leads to erratic heart rate and kidney failure. Your general physician may ask you to avoid or limit your consumption of bananas, papaya, tomato, avocado, and kale, which are rich in potassium.

10. Can I take vitamin D with Metoprolol?

There is less or no evidence showing any interactions between Metoprolol and vitamin D, but we can’t necessarily conclude that no interactions exist between the beta-blockers and vitamins. It is always beneficial to consult your healthcare provider before consuming such a combination.

 

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