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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between metoprolol succinate and metoprolol tartrate?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Different meds: Although they are both the same medicine, they are taken differently. Tartrate is a shorter acting form meant to be taking 2 or 3 times a day. Succinate is a long acting form meant to be taken once a day. To me, it doesn't make sense to be on both.
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Dr. Mazin Albert
Dr. Mazin Albertanswered
General Practice 11 years experience
Duration of action: Metoprolol succinate is an extended-release version dosed once daily, meanwhile, Metoprolol Tartrate is an immediate-release (short duration) version dosed twice daily for long-term management. Both can treat hypertension and angina (chest pain), however, succinate is also indicated for heart failure and tartrate can be used to treat an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).
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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Yes: Tartrate is short acting and needs to be taken twice daily. The succinate form is long acting and is taken once a day.
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Dr. Mazin Albert
Dr. Mazin Albertanswered
General Practice 11 years experience
Duration: Metoprolol succinate is an extended-release version dosed once daily, meanwhile, Metoprolol Tartrate is an immediate-release (short duration) version dosed twice daily for long-term management. Both can treat hypertension and angina (chest pain), however, succinate is also indicated for heart failure and tartrate can be used to treat an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Metoprolol tartrate and metoprolol succinate at the same time?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Metoprolol: Tartrate is shorter acting drug than succinate so can be additive for about 12 hours if taken simultaneously.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Metoprolol tartrate and metoprolol succinate: can they be taken together?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Different meds: Although they are both the same medicine, they are taken differently. Tartrate is a shorter acting form meant to be taking 2 or 3 times a day. Succinate is a long acting form meant to be taken once a day. To me, it doesn't make sense to be on both.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Metoprolol tartrate and metoprolol succinate together, is that okay?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
No: It's an irrational combination. One is long acting and the other is short acting. Use one once a day or the other twice a day.
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Last updated Jan 15, 2021

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