Helpful Tips for Taking Metoprolol Tartrate and What to Expect
By lowering blood pressure, metoprolol tartrate can decrease the risks that accompany long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). By decreasing the workload of the heart, this medication can also decrease the number of angina attacks and increase exercise tolerance. Finally, although the exact mechanism is not known, metoprolol tartrate can increase the survival rate in people who have just suffered a heart attack.
Some general considerations for when and how to take metoprolol tartrate include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form and is usually taken once or twice a day. It is also available in injectable form that is given by IV.
- This medication should be taken with or immediately after a meal.
- Metoprolol tartrate should be taken at the same(s) time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For this medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Metoprolol tartrate will not work if you stop taking it.
- You should not stop this drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. Abruptly stopping metoprolol tartrate increases the risk of serious side effects (see Precautions and Warnings With Metoprolol Tartrate).
The dose of metoprolol tartrate your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking
- How you respond to metoprolol tartrate.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Dosage With Metoprolol Tartrate for more information.)