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Is going off of Metoprolol dangerous

I apologize if this is in the wrong section.
I was put on metoprolol about six years ago for hypertension and palpitations. I have been eating right and have lost some weight over the last year. I have been taking 100 mg at noon and 100 mg at midnight. For a while now my resting heart rate has been very slow anywhere from 39 bpm to the low to mid forties and I've felt like a zombie. I went to my doctor and he told me to reduce from 200 mg to 150 daily.(100 at noon 50 at midnight) A week later I was still having slow heart rate and he reduced from 150 to 100.(50 mg at noon 50 mg at midnight) 3 days later I went back because of slow heart rate and he cut it down to 25 mg at noon and 25 mg at midnight. I've read that it is dangerous going off of Metoprolol and was wondering if I should be worried.  
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242440 tn?1264523444
See teko's post......similar question.  Don't know of the accuracy of the info, but it is related to your question.  Take care!
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It is dangerous to suddenly go off metoprolol, you have to be slowly be tapered off.  I also have a slow resting Heart rate of about 46bpm, and my doctors apering me off, since i have lost weight and i am eating right.  

Good Luck!
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beta blocker blues !   should say b.p meds blues !  
with any beta blocker long term use and short term - over 50 mg per day  you must be
slowly weened off - bit by bit  with a doctors help.  I was toprol xl  (same drug) for 6.5 years -it took me months to get off the drug safe -  the drugs will make anyone feel like a walking zombie. I lost feeling with who I was , and what is normal ? it got that bad..
I had a list of over 68 side effects from this drug ! most were untold side effects ,that doctors never tell you about -or pharm companys will list.  

best to slowly ween off the med - and see if your (good) doctor will help you out in doing it !  it took me 6 doctors, before I got help with weening off the med.  
but thats due to the hmo I was with.  

Good luck and take it slow and easy !  
booger the nose
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metoprolol is a beta blocker and is mainly given in hypertension, angina and cardiac arrethmias. it should be taken by the halp of your physician. if you want to goes off it suddenly it can affect alot. so you have to taper off it by steps.
Dr. Farman
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I was on metorprolol 25mg for only 1 month for rapid heartrate but the drug had an adverse reaction would cause irratic heartbeats pounding heart couldent sleep but just a few hours at a time went to the er 4 times finally my doc came back from his vacation and changed me to cardizem 120mg and today is the third day off the metoprolol but because i still had some of the metoprolol in my system im still having a fast heartrate around 97 to 100 comes and goes,My advise to anyone comimg off metoprolol is do it very slowly.metoprolol is not to be taken lightly although i know a few people my sis for one thats had no problems with the drug.
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I only take 12.5 mg a day.. I skipped a day and didnt die.. But im assuming since your taking such a large dose that you need to taper off.. Your heart becomes used to the medicine and once its gone your heart is gunna be really confused.
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I am taking Metoprolol and now I'm weaning.  I only took 25 mg for a very long time.  When I first tried to get off I had lots of palpatations, so I stayed on it.   Again I am trying to get off because I no longer need them.  I just cut it down to 12 1/2  mg.   I am going to take that for at least a month, then I am going to take the same every other day, etc.,etc., and I think I can quit with no problem.   I sure hope so.    If a doctor is reading, what do you think?
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Hi there, I just like to know and be updated of your Metoprolol Tartrate weaning...did you finally get rid of it? Were you monitoring your b.p. at the same time? Have you changed your lifestyle or diet at the same time weaning it? I am on this drug like you do before, 25 mg, for a month and a half now and I'm planning to taper off of this medication soon. My other problem is I have some kind of phobia with the b.p. gadget itself, every time I would like to get my b.p., I get some kind of anxiety and my heart rate would somehow get affected by it. Please, let me know how you are now. Thanks.
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I was offered Metroprolol 50mg a day, after my Stent Placement Surgery, and I right away asked the surgeon who said I HAD to take a beta blocker (they are good for our hearts even tho they have side effects) if I could have Bisoprolol instead, as a family member recommended it after months and months of trying different beta blockers for her HBP.  The Surgeon agreed to allow me to have the drug of my choice and WOW even my allergies went away!  This was a Great Side Effect.  NO more afrin, no more stuff nose!  I have been taking 5mg of Zebeta, as opposed to Toprol, which is a standard dose for heart patients 50mg.  I think some years ago ALL the doctors went thru this "thing" giving Everyone Metroprolol (Toprol)  I also have had lifelong HBP and have had every side effect in the book including laying in bed crying for 3 months, and THEY DIDNT WORK!  This one works for me!  5mg, or even 10mg dosages.  Not bad.
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I have been on this drug since September so....now it has been about 4 months...I also take lisinopril 20mg...both once daily. about two montsh ago I started experiencing lower back pain, trouble breathing when walking a little distance...and especially climbing stairs. my dizziness upon standing is really bad now and I just feel like my body is falling apart.....muscles aches, back pain when walking or standing too long and a lot of these are side effects of this med along with the linsinopril. I don't think my weight is really the issue because I have not really gained too much (8lbs) since September and was wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms
i have all of these symptoms ive been on metaprolol [minax] 50mg twice a day for 10 years now i have impaired kidney function and cant even lift my arms up i am 75 yrs old my heart doesnt race too much if i miss one i get headache and rapid heart beat i was prescribed them for heart putting in an extra beat now as i say i am so tired i cant walk around the shops to do my shopping ive asked the doc he doesnt tell me any thing but i am having some tests xxx
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nicholeonek - can I tell you, this forum thing is the best.
I had a HBP episode where my heart was banging through my chest and I had profuse sweating. I ran to ER and they brought my rate and pressure down. When I left the Hospital they gave me Dilitiazem 160mg and Metoprolol 50 to be taken once per day. The Dilitiazem (Cartizem) gave me the worst side effects known to man whilst the Metropolol made me weak, nervous, and made me dream of things that I have only seen on Nightmare on Elm Street.

Then it dawned on me, these doctors do not take these medications, they just prescribe it. They have no idea what we experience. I take Metoprolol at 9am every morning and if at 9:02 I do not take the pill as yet, my entire starts shaking. So really how do you get off something that has worked its way into your system as a dependency factor?

I swear these drugs are worse that illegal narcotics. I wish you good luck as you try to cope with and possibly get off that drug.
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I have been on 200 mg Metroprolol for the past four years and it has worked well. I had a problem with atrial fibrillation, hypertension and high pulserate culminating in a cardiac arrest which I (obviously) survived.
Last year I found myself in a situation where my supply of the drug had run out and the pharmacy was closed for the weekend, so I figured what the heck it can wait until Monday. I got up pretty early Monday as my pacemaker started shocking me about 4 am due to a pulse of well over 200. By the time I called 911 an hour later I had received 12 shocks which was not very pleasant. My pacemaker is set to shock me when heartrate goes above 200. In the emergency in the hospital where I received an intravenous dose of the drug, the cardiologist said that what I had experienced was a normal reaction to a sudden stop in the use of Metroprolol.
In after thought that was a message I would have liked to have been given before, not after having to go through this experience.
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I agree dr started me on metoprolol about 3 months ago wish I never started taking them, side effects awful, I'm on 25 mg a day , I have a call into my cardiologist ,I want to get off this medication !
I just started on metoprolol 25mg once daily a few  weeks agoIt would be very helpful to all of us readers to know exactly what your "awful" side effects were.....can you share the details? Thanks and what alternative did you find that was effective with few bad side effects?
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Hi there, stopping a Beta Blocker needs careful medical observation. When it is stopped, it can often result in a rebound Tachicardia, so caution in stopping this medication is advised. Be guided by your doctor
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You are taking a very low dose. It should not be hard for you to go off it. But, you should talk to both your doctor and your pharmacist and determine the best way to go off it. If you are going on another beta blocker in the same family, you can usually just stop and go on the new drug. But if that's not the case, do talk to the doctor before doing anything. Keep taking the drug until you talk to them.
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