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Common Side Effects of Metoprolol Tartrate

Metoprolol tartrate has been studied extensively in people with high blood pressure, people who have angina, and people with a recent history of a heart attack. In these clinical studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they occurred, and how they compared to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common metoprolol tartrate side effects include:
  • A slow heart rate -- in up to 16 percent of people
  • Tiredness -- up to 10 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 10 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 5 percent
  • Itching or unexplained rash -- up to 5 percent
  • Depression -- up to 5 percent (see Metoprolol and Depression)
  • Shortness of breath -- up to 3 percent.
Other common side effects of metoprolol tartrate (occurring in more than 1 percent of people) include but are not limited to:
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