If you have tried other drugs to control your blood pressure without success, talk to your doctor about Toprol XL or generic Metoprolol Succinate. Hypertension, better known as high blood pressure, shows few symptoms that there is anything happening that could lead to a heart attack, stroke, or kidney damage. Those with chest pain, called angina, can also benefit from taking Toprol XL. The pain of angina can resemble a heart attack, but it is not – at least not yet. The pain is a warning that your heart muscle is being deprived of oxygen-rich blood that it needs to supply your other tissues and organs. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Toprol XL works as a beta blocker to treat hypertension or angina. The extended release formula is designed to change the way your body reacts to adrenaline (also known as epinephrine), a hormone and neurotransmitter that is related to noradrenaline (norepinephrine).
During times of stress, adrenaline levels increase to prepare us for a ‘fight or flight’ response. Your heart rate and blood pressure increases, the air passages in your lungs expand, and your pupils dilate. This gives you the increased energy to run from the threat or stay and fight. Toprol XL blocks the action of adrenaline which reduces the number and force of the beats of your heart so your heart muscle is not straining.
The pain of stable angina usually only lasts a few minutes and happens during times of emotional stress or exercising. As soon as you rest or take your medication, the pain goes away. If the pain is sudden and unexpected while you are at rest, you may have unstable angina and are at a higher risk of a heart attack. Do not ignore these pains! See your doctor as soon as possible before your heart muscle sustains permanent damage from your coronary arteries becoming blocked with plaque and unable to supply a good blood flow. There are things you can do to help avoid angina and high blood pressure, such as eating healthier, losing weight, stop smoking, and having regular check-ups. It’s never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Ask your doctor about any possible health risks when taking Toprol XL while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Toprol XL is right for your situation, tell your doctor about other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Until you know how your body will react to Toprol XL, you should not drive, operate machinery, or perform any task that requires you to be alert. You should not stop taking Toprol XL suddenly without speaking with your doctor as your condition may worsen. It could take a couple of weeks of treatment with Toprol XL before you notice any improvement, so be patient. Store all medications out od children’s reach and never them with anyone else.