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Doctor insights on: Metoprolol And Alcohol Use

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Dr. Susan Uhrich Dr. Uhrich
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Has anyone had bad effects mixing alcohol with the drug toprol (metoprolol)?

Has anyone had bad effects mixing alcohol with the drug toprol (metoprolol)?

Alcohol: Can have an additive effect with beta blockers causing a further lowering of blood pressure. Also, both alcohol (more strongly) and beta blockers like toprol (metoprolol) (less strongly) can cause depression.

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
Clinical Psychology
11 years in practice
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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Is it dangerous to mix alcohol with the drug toprol (metoprolol)?

Is it dangerous to mix alcohol with the drug toprol (metoprolol)?

Yes: Mixing drugs and alcohol is dangerous and never is a good idea. Alcohol might add to drowsiness that you might experience while taking this medication. In some cases, alcohol might decrease the effectiveness of medication. Rule of thumb: don't mix medicine and alcohol -- it's safer that way.

Dr. Joseph Gutman Dr. Gutman
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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25 mg metoprolol daily and now im gonna drink alcohol. What's ur thoughts? Do I get less drunk or more? And other interactions? Negatives?

25 mg metoprolol daily and now im gonna drink alcohol. What's ur thoughts? Do I get less drunk or more? And other interactions? Negatives?

The question is how: Much alcohol are you planning to drink. I assume you are on metoprolol for high blood pressure, which is unusual at your age. However, alcohol ITSELF can raise blood pressure, and is one of the more common and undetected causes of secondary hypertension. Your doctor needs to know about your drinking - how much, how often. If we are talking about 1-2 glasses of wine a few times a week, no problem

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have gilbert's disease where my bilirubin gets to 4.5 sometimes and I'm on toprol (metoprolol) XR and Synthroid daily. Can I drink moderate amts of alcohol?

I have gilbert's disease where my bilirubin gets to 4.5 sometimes and I'm on toprol (metoprolol) XR and Synthroid daily. Can I drink moderate amts of alcohol?

Not on Xanax (alprazolam): Gilbert's is basically harmless and isn't a reason not to enjoy alcohol, but you can't drink it on when you're on Xanax (alprazolam). You'd be placing yourself in serious danger. Keep getting good guidance -- being 19 is tough for anyone, and as you learn new skills and ways of thinking, perhaps you'll become happier and won't need these meds. When that happens, drink wisely if at all. Best wishes.

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Dr. Charles Glueck Dr. Glueck
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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I'm on toprol (metoprolol) 50 mg XL and Synthroid 50 mcg daily. Can I drink alcohol in moderation or is even a little unsafe with these meds?

I'm on toprol (metoprolol) 50 mg XL and Synthroid 50 mcg daily. Can I drink alcohol in moderation or is even a little unsafe with these meds?

Safe enough: If the toprol (metoprolol) is being given for high blood pressure, however, alcohol can raise blood pressure. Hence, I would not take more than 3 individual beverages of alcohol per week.

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Dr. Gregory Seagraves Dr. Seagraves
Pharmacology
13 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati Dr. Chilakapati
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
Andhra University, Andhra Medical College
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Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg daily + metoprolol 12, 5 mg daily. What's the side effect mixing, resting hr 50-65 whithout meds, can I get heart block? Can drink alcohol?

Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg daily + metoprolol 12, 5 mg daily. What's the side effect mixing, resting hr 50-65 whithout meds, can I get heart block? Can drink alcohol?

Paxil (paroxetine): In few cases Paxil (paroxetine) could cause low heart beat as side effect. Metoprolol also decreases heart rate as a drug effect. Combination could cause significantly slow heart rate in your case. Because your resting heart rate with meds is 50-65. So you have to discuss with your physician.

Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Should you drink alcohol, if going to have one or two cups, after or before taking beta blocker medication metropolol 25 mg.?

Should you drink alcohol, if going to have one or two cups, after or before taking beta blocker medication metropolol 25 mg.?

Not a good idea: Its never a good idea to mix medication with alcohol. Although there is not a direct reaction between alcohol and a beta blocker the efffect of alcohol on blood pressure and pulse rate may make immediate use of either after the other a bad idea. To be safe I would take the beta blocker either in the morning or just before bed so that alcohol can be taken at the "usual" cocktail hour time! Dr Z

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Is it safe to drink alcohol on nadolol (beta blocker)?

Just be careful...: Caution is always advised, but it should not be a big concern from have 1-2 drinks/day. Just make sure u don't take the medication with the alcohol--take your nadalol far separately from when you are drinking please don't drink and drive. Life is precious! Good luck.

Dr. Payam Mehranpour Dr. Mehranpour
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
Islamic Azad University, Teheran Medical Unit
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Dr. Maria Guerra Dr. Guerra
Pharmacology
3 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Could metoprolol give me side effects 2 months after bring prescribed to it?

Varies per person: The way each person responds to medication varies, but yes it is possible to get side effects after being on the medication for months. Usually we would hope that your body will adjust and that the side effects will decrease. Did your doctor increase your dose? Are you taking it consistently? If the side effects are bothersome, please see your doctor.

Dr. Mathew Chengot Dr. Chengot
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
39 years in practice
University of Kerala, Kottayam Medical College
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Iam m 34 and I am on metoprolol 25since seven years I gain weight a lot so now I want to switch another drug please help me?

Iam m 34 and I am on metoprolol 25since seven years I gain weight a lot so now I want to switch another drug please help me?

Not likely from med: I don't think your weight gain is from metoprolol. Consult dietitian or discuss with your doctor for labs and further testings

Dr. Peter Will Dr. Will
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
years in practice
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My PC doc has me on metoprolol 25mg twice a day. It keeps my readings at 140/95. Why not get my BP down (slowly) to "normal? "

My PC doc has me on metoprolol 25mg twice a day. It keeps my readings at 140/95. Why not get my BP down (slowly) to "normal? "

BP guidelines: The newer guidelines suggest that the systolic (upper) number be 140 or less. Your diastolic (lower) number is high. May need to increase dose. Check with your pcp.

Dr. Budi Bahureksa Dr. Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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I may be soon forced to switch from Atenolol to Metoprolol due to the supply problems with the former. Atenolol has worked for me for 20 years.?

I may be soon forced to switch from Atenolol to Metoprolol due to the supply problems with the former. Atenolol has worked for me for 20 years.?

Well: Yes very hard to get atenolol right now. Metoprolol is an excellent medicine and should do well for you. Just monitor your blood pressure and see how you do

Dr. Niel Venter Dr. Venter
Family Medicine
years in practice
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My dr is switching me from metoprolol 12.5mg twice a day & Coversyl 2mg once a day, To Coversyl 4mg once a day & no metoprolol. Is this medically safe?

My dr is switching me from metoprolol 12.5mg twice a day & Coversyl 2mg once a day, To Coversyl 4mg once a day & no metoprolol. Is this medically safe?

Yes: It is better in general to be on Coversyl than the beta blocker. Especially as you are young still. Beta blockers have lots of potential side effects.

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Dr. Prakash Deedwania
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Metoprolol (Definition)

Metoprolol belongs to the calss of medications know as beta-blockers. It has many functions, including lowering pulse and blood pressure. It can also be used in people who have weak heart muscles to stop/slow the progression of the disease and perhaps even ...Read more