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Dr. Christian Assad Dr. Assad
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
10 years in practice
Institute of Technical-Superior Studies of Monterrey
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What are some of the side effects for toprol (metoprolol)? Is headache and weigh gain side effects

What are some of the side effects for toprol (metoprolol)? Is headache and weigh gain side effects

Yes: Toprol (metoprolol) a bbeta blocker can cause weight gain and headaches. In general headaches improve after 2 to 3 weeks. Weight gain is just finding a balance of caloric burn / intake

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


Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Can lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) cause headaches?

No: Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate), (metoprolol tartrate) as you probably know, is used to treat headaches. That said, no 2 people are alike and paradoxical reactions sometimes occur, so if you feel worse on Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) - you know what to do!

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Does metoprolol helps with headaches? I have hypertension and was put on metoprolol but was also told it would help my migraine headaches?

Does metoprolol helps with headaches? I have hypertension and was put on metoprolol but was also told it would help my migraine headaches?

Could help prevent: 2 beta-blockers are approved by fda for migraine prophylaxis, Propranolol and timolol, so no reason to expect that metoprolol would not do similar control. But there are difficult adverse events, including faintness, exercise intolerance, depression, confusion, asthma, interference with diabetes, etc. If it works, and is tolerated well, you have a proper med.

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Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Taking 50 mg of toprol (metoprolol) xp for the past 7 days and have been experiencing headaches, lightheadedness, and a general fuzzy feeling. Will this subside?

Taking 50 mg of toprol (metoprolol) xp for the past 7 days and have been experiencing headaches, lightheadedness, and a general fuzzy feeling. Will this subside?

Probably: First answer would be to check your BP at home, both with and without the symptoms you describe. If BP is normal, feeling may be medication related ; likely to resolve shortly. If your BP is low, you need to call your prescriber for guidance.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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I have a pulse of 158 and my BP was 147/101. is this something I should worry about? I'm on 150mg of metoprolol 2x daily but now I have a bad headache

I have a pulse of 158 and my BP was 147/101. is this something I should worry about? I'm on 150mg of metoprolol 2x daily but now I have a bad headache

You should: Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to other medical complications (e.g. hardening and thickening of the arteries). See your PCP for consultation, tests and medication adjustment.

Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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I have mvp and taking metoprolol. But I'm having bad headaches when I wake up and head rush with DOB if I get up quickly. Are these related to mvp?

I have mvp and taking metoprolol. But I'm having bad headaches when I wake up and head rush with DOB if I get up quickly. Are these related to mvp?

Certainly not: MVP does not cause such symptoms. For the vast majority, MVP is simply a variant of normal. For the roughly 5-10% with severe MVP, the symptom, when it finally occurs after many years, is shortness of breath. Many years ago, when MVP was first recognized, it was incorrectly associated with chest pain but that turns out to be wrong. The metoprolol may be making your BP too low-causing dizziness.

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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My blood pressure has been too low and I've been having daily headaches can I just stop taking toprol (metoprolol) XL for a few days to see if my headaches go away?

My blood pressure has been too low and I've been having daily headaches can I just stop taking toprol (metoprolol) XL for a few days to see if my headaches go away?

Go see your doctor: Record your blood pressure a few times daily while resting, not after activity or exercise. Bring BP cuff w/you for nurse visit to check your BP w/their cuff. Without getting off chair, recheck your BP using your cuff on same arm as nurse. This will help your doc interpret your BP readings from home. If your BP truly low at home, ask your doc for alternatives, like decreasing dose of toprol (metoprolol) xl.

Dr. Marius Frasie Dr. Frasie
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can metoprolol tartrate at 12.5 mg. Twice daily give side effect of headache and nausea when first starting medication?

Can metoprolol tartrate at 12.5 mg. Twice daily give side effect of headache and nausea when first starting medication?

UNUSUALLY: I would say no, but sometimes people react in different ways. See what hapens after few doses.

Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Leonard Stein Dr. Stein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
43 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Have headache, stuffy nose, swollen glands, dizziness, chills, &sweating. Cold or flu? I take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) for Pots/tachycardia. What cold meds should I avoid?

Have headache, stuffy nose, swollen glands, dizziness, chills, &sweating. Cold or flu? I take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) for Pots/tachycardia. What cold meds should I avoid?

No Sudaphed: Afrin will help with nasal congestion, & when used correctly has little systemic effect. The drug alone can only be taken short time or stops working. I suggest U ask physician for prescription of Fluticosone Propionate which sprayed in nostrils & breathed in once daily can help U to take the meds longer. Reasonable to test for flu & take tamiflu if positive. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ASA for other symptoms

Dr. Ira Katz Dr. Katz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
20 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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I'm on both beta blocker and CCB for elevated HR. I've been getting a lot of headaches since I started. Is it a side effect? I'm 17

I'm on both beta blocker and CCB for elevated HR. I've been getting a lot of headaches since I started. Is it a side effect? I'm 17

Maybe, but...: At 17 y/o I hope someone is looking more closely form why you have such a high heart rate & not just treating the sx's. This would be true if the two are being used for high blood pressure. BB's and CCB's are both classes of meds. Some of each class can H/A's, so it's poss. But, uncontrolled BP, too slow a HR or some causes of abn HR or BP in people your age can also cause H/A's. Why & which meds?

Dr. Edward Neilsen Dr. Neilsen
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What else can I do for ice pick headaches other than use a beta-blocker?

Oxygen?: Ice-pick headaches are another name for cluster headaches. Sometimes typical migraine treatment (imitrex, etc) can help. An old remedy that sometimes works very well is oxygen. Next time you're having a headache, see if your doctor will administer oxygen. If it's going to work, it typically works in less than 5-10 minutes. If so, it can be an inexpensive, easy solution even for home use.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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I skipped my beta blocker for a fews nights and I feel blood rushing to my head is that normal? Plus I have a bad headache I just starting twice a day

I skipped my beta blocker for a fews nights and I feel blood rushing to my head is that normal? Plus I have a bad headache I just starting twice a day

Get back: If you missed the dose, take your beta blocker as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose just go back to your regular dose. Beta blockers are good headache and migraine prophylactic medications. Talk to your PCP for more information.

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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I always feel lightheaded and headache almost every day! Currently I'm on beta blocker and propafenone. Side effects from my meds?

I always feel lightheaded and headache almost every day! Currently I'm on beta blocker and propafenone. Side effects from my meds?

Symptoms: Discuss the symptoms with your Doctor. Those symptoms can be associated with almost any medication and so it's hard to be sure whether they are likely to be related to your meds. Your Doc is in the best position to judge your situation.

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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I have been diagnosed with Graves Disease. I suffer severely from headaches, only on the right side temple. It's not migraine. I am on 80mg beta blocker?

I have been diagnosed with Graves Disease. I suffer severely from headaches, only on the right side temple. It's not migraine. I am on 80mg beta blocker?

The beta blocker: Will only blunt some of the effects of the elevated thyroid level. The basic thyroid problem still needs to be treated either with radioiodine or anti-thyroid drigs. Work w/your physician, Also, have your eyes checked with an opthalmologist.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Had headache, earache and watering eyefor 6 months had sinsus CT came back normal. Ent says headache is migraine and prescribed beta blocker. Correct?

Had headache, earache and watering eyefor 6 months had sinsus CT came back normal. Ent says headache is migraine and prescribed beta blocker. Correct?

Perhaps is migraine: Worthwhile to try a preventative medication, and beta blockers are approved for migraine, but, they may have nasty side effects such as wheezing, fatigue, cognitive slowing, exercise intolerance, slowing of pulse and dropping of blood pressure, and depression. Other meds may be tolerated better such as topirimate or divalproex sodium. Perhaps, see a neurologist who focuses in headache management.

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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