Toprol XL, also known as Metoprolol, is a drug used to treat high-blood pressure and hypertension. As a beta-blocker, the medication is capable of treating various other illnesses as well. The drug must be consumed on a regular and continuous basis in order to be effective.
How it works
Toprol XL has the ability to stop the actions of certain natural chemicals in the body and therefore reduces their influence on the body’s blood vessels. This enables the drug to maintain the blood pressure rate on a neutral level. For instance, it can reduce the effects of the neurotransmitter epinephrine and maintain your heart rate and thereby lower the strain on your heart.
The drug has a high influence on the human heart. Due to its ability to keep the blood pressure on a low level, it reduces the risk of various serious illnesses such as kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, it can also treat conditions such as angina (chest pain) and heart failure. Apart from treating such serious issues, it can also treat mild sicknesses such as migraine headaches and irregular heartbeats. The consumption of the drug is also known to improve one’s survival chances after a severe heart attack.
The medication is only consumed in the form of drugs. Although Toprol XL is only consumed once a day, the dosage can vary according to your personal health condition and response to the treatment. It is advised to swallow the tablet whole instead of chewing or biting since they can expose the entire drug at once and increase the risk of side effects. If you are taking this medication to treat blood pressure, remember to take it regularly – even when you feel okay as the drug usually takes several weeks to improve your condition.
Apart from influencing certain allergic reactions such as hives and swelling, Toprol XL can also result in certain serious side effects such as:
Unnaturally slow heartbeats
Shortness of breath
Rapid weight gain
Coldness in hands and feet
Feeling of light-headedness
If these symptoms are experienced, contact your healthcare provider immediately since they can deteriorate into a worse state.
In order to stay safe and healthy during your treatment period, you must ensure that you strictly adhere to the following precautionary methods.
Do not drive after consuming the drug since it can result in impaired thinking
Avoid consuming alcohol because it increases the risk of side effects
Do not stop the medication abruptly
Check whether you are allergic to Metoprolol or any other beta-blockers
Do not consume this drug if you have an existing heart condition
Do not breastfeed during the treatment period
The medication must be taken at the same time on a daily basis. Although it is allowed to split the tablet in half, make sure that you do not chew it. While taking Taprol XL, you must go for regular blood pressure check-ups to ensure the medication is making an improvement to your condition.
Keep your physician informed of all changes and developments to see whether the drug is affecting you negatively.