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Toprol XL Blood Pressure Medication: Benefits and Side Effects You Should Know

By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 03:06 PM

The unique abilities of blood pressure medication often help other conditions as well. Toprol XL, for example, treats high blood pressure, the chest pain of angina, and heart failure.

Lowering blood pressure also reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems, WebMD points out. Toprol XL prevents strain on the heart, lowering blood pressure and the heart rate.

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Metoprolol, the generic name for Toprol XL, is a beta blocker. This class of drugs blocks natural chemicals in the body from damaging heart and blood vessels. Beta blockers improve blood flow through the arteries and veins for better circulation and heart health.

Like other blood pressure medications, Toprol XL may have side effects. According to Drugs.com, the most common include:

• Dizziness
• Tired feeling
• Confusion
• Memory problems
• Insomnia or nightmares
• Diarrhea
• Mild rash or itching
• Dry mouth
• Constipation
• Decreased sex drive
• Headache
• Anxiety or nervousness

Side effects may be reduced by adjusting the dosage or switching to a different medication, both of which should be done under a doctor's supervision.

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Some patients can experience serious allergic reactions. Patients are advised to seek emergency help if they notice breathing difficulties, hives, or swelling in the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Other signs that require contacting the doctor include:

• Lightheadedness that feels like you are about to pass out
• Shortness of breath
• Very slow heartbeat
• Swelling
• Sudden weight gain
• Coldness in the hands and feet

Doctors often start patients off slowly with the blood pressure medication to reduce the risk of side effects, WebMD explains. The dosage is then increased if necessary and the patient is tolerating it well.

It’s important for patients to take Toprol XL regularly and according to schedule. The blood pressure drug may take several weeks before the full benefits take effect.

Conditions can worsen if the medication is stopped and high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so patients should keep taking their blood pressure medication even when they feel fine.

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