Toprol XL is the brand equivalent of the drug named as metoprolol. It has a faster onset of action and has a biological half-life of three to seven hours.
Belonging to the class of group called as beta-blocker, Toprol XL aids in treating conditions like high blood pressure, chest pain, migraine as well as preventing second attack in the heart. There is a natural chemical in the body called as epinephrine and the drug modifies them. This helps to lower the work load, blood pressure as well as the heart rate. If the high blood pressure in the heart is not treated it would lead to heart attacks, stroke as well as kidney disease.
Toprol XL should be taken after a meal. It is usually taken once in a day. This is available as an extended release capsule hence it should not be chewed, broken or crushed. The tablet releases certain medication initially and releases the rest of the medication at the later point of time. When it is not broken, it would prevent the release of all the ingredients in the medication at the same time. This in turn avoids the chance of side effects as well as drug overdose.
Toprol XL has to be taken for a few weeks to experience betterment in the symptoms. Individuals who are taking this medication for treating high blood pressure may continue using it even if they feel well. This tablet helps a person only to prevent certain conditions like chest pain, migraine as well as second heart attacks before they occur. Never stop the therapy speedily, as it may deteriorate the condition.
Even though the benefits are high while taking Toprol XL, certain side effects may also occur in the patients. Some of the common ill effects are dizziness, memory problem, diarrhea, itching, rash, and confusion. Get advice from the doctor if you experience certain symptoms like slow heart rate, weight gain, light-headedness, swelling and shortness of breath.
Interaction with other drugs
If the patients are taking certain drugs like Digoxin, Diltiazem, Bupropion, Duloxetine, Phenelzine, Fluphenazine haloperidol, Chlorpromazine, Comipramine, Hydralazine, Quinidine, Dihydroergotamine, Methylergonovine or Dipyridamole, it is essential to consult with the healthcare provider as these would interact with Toprol XL. Not only these but also few of the medicines that are purchased with a prescription, without a prescription, herbal medicines, vitamins as well as dietary supplements might cause drug interactions.