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A 46-year-old male asked:

can you explain why metoprolol for high blood pressure is worth the side effects?

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Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
Co- morbidities: In a young,healthy and perhaps active 19 year old, beta blocker would not be my 1st choice antihypertensive. It can make one feel "held back" when exercising for eg. Having said that, if one also has palpitations, then good option. While ACC guide diuretic as first line, that too can be annoyance. An Ace inhibitor would be first choice after lifestyle changes failed. Medicine last resort.

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