Important Information About Taking Metoprolol Tartrate
The recommended starting metoprolol tartrate dose for people with angina is 50 mg twice a day. After one week, based on the response and/or side effects, the dosage may be increased or decreased. It may continue to be increased until your angina symptoms improve. The usual range for angina treatment is between metoprolol tartrate 50 mg and 200 mg twice a day.
The maximum daily dose for treating angina symptoms is metoprolol tartrate 400 mg.
Following a heart attack, metoprolol tartrate may be given in the hospital through an intravenous line (IV). Your healthcare provider may then recommend continuing the medication following discharge from the hospital. In others, metoprolol tartrate might be started in the tablet form. The specific dose your healthcare provider recommends can vary based on a number of factors.
Some considerations for people taking metoprolol tartrate include the following:
- Your dose of metoprolol tartrate should be taken by mouth.
- Metoprolol tartrate should be taken with or immediately following a meal.
- Make sure to take the dosage at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For metoprolol tartrate to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you take it in a way other than how your healthcare provider has prescribed.
- If you do not take your metoprolol tartrate as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.
- You should not stop metoprolol tartrate without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. Abruptly stopping the drug increases the risk of serious side effects (see Precautions and Warnings With Metoprolol Tartrate).
- If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with metoprolol tartrate, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Also, as explained, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.