Toprol XL is used in the treatment of hypertension, angina (chest pain). It is a selective beta-1 blocker. It works on the heart and decreases heart rate.
It also prevents the release of renin in the kidney (a hormone which causes vessels constriction) and so dilates and relaxes vessels, which lowers blood pressure to normal and increases the supply of oxygen and blood to the heart.
It is also used to treat or prevent a heart attack. It is available in the form of a tablet and only with doctor’s prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Toprol XL.
Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about condition such as:
Allergy: Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
Children: There are no adequate studies done which prove Metoprolol harmful effects in children.it is not approved to be used by anyone younger than 18 years of age.
Elderly: This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults. However, it should be used with caution if there are liver or heart problems.
Pregnancy: It is a category C drug. It should not be used in pregnancy. It is not known if it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. Inform your doctor right away if you suspect you become pregnant while using it.
Breast Feeding: It can pass into breast milk and may harm your baby. If you are using Metoprolol while nursing, discuss it with your doctor for possible risk factors.
Drug Interactions: Metoprolol may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He may want to change the dosage or drug.
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