Toprol XL (metoprolol) is a beta blocker that affects the heart and the blood flow through arteries and veins. Toprol XL is used to treat angina (chest pain and hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to treat and prevent heart attack. This medication works by decreasing the heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as the workload of the heart. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly. Toprol XL also increases the efficiency of the heart, allowing more blood to be pumped out to the rest of the body.
We currently have the brand (also known as Beloc Zok) from Turkey manufactured by AstraZeneca and the brand for New Zealand. The generic comes from Canada and India (also known as Metolar XR). Toprol XL is available in tablet form and strengths of: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg.
Serious side effects include:
• Cold feeling in your hands and feet;
• Feeling light-headed, like you might pass out;
• Shortness of breath, swelling, rapid weight gain;
• Very slow heartbeats
Less serious side effects include:
• Confusion, memory problems;
• Dizziness, feeling tired;
• Mild itching or rash;
• Trouble sleeping, nightmares
You should not use Toprol XL if you are allergic to metoprolol, or other beta-blockers (atenolol, carvedilol, labetalol, nadolol, nebivolol, propranolol, sotalol, and others). It is unknown whether Toprol XL will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while using this medication. Metoprolol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give Toprol XL to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.