Weaning off Metoprolol

Posted by kenny48 @kenny48, May 11, 2018

Hi,
I've been taking both flecainide and metoprolol now for eight years, as a prophylactic for Afib. I recently moved to North Carolina and have a new Cardiologist. Have had a lot of PVC's this past two months, and had to wear a heart monitor for an entire month. He said that although I had a lot of PVC's I didn't have even one PAC! He also noted that my BPM was low in the low fifties most of the time. He asked why I was taking metropolol. I told him that the only thing my previous doctor had said was " it makes the flecainide, work better". He suggested I stop taking the metoprolol to see how I do without it. Unfortunately I read a lot of information on the internet. I read that it can be very dangerous to stop taking it. I take 25 mg metoprolol succinate, split in half. Once in the morning with my flecainide, and then again in the evening for a second dose. He wants me to take half in the morning and skip the evening dose for two days, then stop entirely. Has anyone else stopped taking this drug in a similar manner? I'm worried that the cut off is too soon.

@heffert

I was told I have NSVT and to take metoprolol. I started the drug one week ago and had a visit w my dr yesterday. She consulted with another specialist about my condition and he doesn’t think I even have NSVT. I’m going to be hooked up to another Holter for 2 weeks and see what happens. She said I could stop the metoprolol, which I want to. Can I do this cold turkey being that I’m only on 12.6 once a day? And only for one week? I called the pharmacy and they said take it every other day for 2 days. I’m reading horror stories about people coming off this drug. Now I’m afraid but I don’t want to be on something I might not need.

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I'd probably listen to the pharmacist. 12.5mg is a really low (almost homeopathic dose). Its only 2 more days. I take 25mg split in 1/2 a.m and p.m for the last three years for NSVT. It was detected on a holter monitor. Some public speakers and actors take betablockers to deal with stage fright.

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@heffert

I was told I have NSVT and to take metoprolol. I started the drug one week ago and had a visit w my dr yesterday. She consulted with another specialist about my condition and he doesn’t think I even have NSVT. I’m going to be hooked up to another Holter for 2 weeks and see what happens. She said I could stop the metoprolol, which I want to. Can I do this cold turkey being that I’m only on 12.6 once a day? And only for one week? I called the pharmacy and they said take it every other day for 2 days. I’m reading horror stories about people coming off this drug. Now I’m afraid but I don’t want to be on something I might not need.

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It also deals with blushing! I used to blush and it was so embarrassing. Then I took beta blockers for Afib for a year and 9 months (until I cured the Afib myself through aerobic exercise) and after that I never blushed again. Strange!

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@afrobin

It also deals with blushing! I used to blush and it was so embarrassing. Then I took beta blockers for Afib for a year and 9 months (until I cured the Afib myself through aerobic exercise) and after that I never blushed again. Strange!

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Was curious so googled beta blockers and blushing . Betablockers are used to control excessive blushing . (Dilated blood vessels, sympathetic nervous system,–full explanation available online) . So, not so strange.

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@heffert

I was told I have NSVT and to take metoprolol. I started the drug one week ago and had a visit w my dr yesterday. She consulted with another specialist about my condition and he doesn’t think I even have NSVT. I’m going to be hooked up to another Holter for 2 weeks and see what happens. She said I could stop the metoprolol, which I want to. Can I do this cold turkey being that I’m only on 12.6 once a day? And only for one week? I called the pharmacy and they said take it every other day for 2 days. I’m reading horror stories about people coming off this drug. Now I’m afraid but I don’t want to be on something I might not need.

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Hello @heffert,

Regarding going off a beta-blocker "cold turkey" I suggest that you contact your doctor who will be performing the heart monitor test and check to see if you should continue the metoprolol or taper off of it. I'm not sure if it would affect the test results or not, but better safe than sorry.

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@heffert

I was told I have NSVT and to take metoprolol. I started the drug one week ago and had a visit w my dr yesterday. She consulted with another specialist about my condition and he doesn’t think I even have NSVT. I’m going to be hooked up to another Holter for 2 weeks and see what happens. She said I could stop the metoprolol, which I want to. Can I do this cold turkey being that I’m only on 12.6 once a day? And only for one week? I called the pharmacy and they said take it every other day for 2 days. I’m reading horror stories about people coming off this drug. Now I’m afraid but I don’t want to be on something I might not need.

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Was taking it for 8 days when heart raced to 160s. Doc said could just stop at once. Tapered off over two days, no problem. Rate back to 80s. Back with dtilizem. (Sp)

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@heffert

I was told I have NSVT and to take metoprolol. I started the drug one week ago and had a visit w my dr yesterday. She consulted with another specialist about my condition and he doesn’t think I even have NSVT. I’m going to be hooked up to another Holter for 2 weeks and see what happens. She said I could stop the metoprolol, which I want to. Can I do this cold turkey being that I’m only on 12.6 once a day? And only for one week? I called the pharmacy and they said take it every other day for 2 days. I’m reading horror stories about people coming off this drug. Now I’m afraid but I don’t want to be on something I might not need.

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I had the opposite experience. Diltiazem made my arrythmia worse. I got quite scared. ECG was abnormal. Put on metoprolol. Betablockers work for me. On my file, it says no diltiazem.

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hello, i had a mild heart attack before almost 3 years that was treated successfully with angioplasty. after that the doctor prescribed for me medication which included metoprolol tartrate 25 mg daily. i never had high blood pressure, before the attack and after. i was wondering what's the point in continuing this drug?

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Hi vyronp: I had a DVT and they found AFib going on. Started me out on 25mg of Metoprolol. 2 x a day. I was a slug. I kept cutting down. I still take 1/2 of a 25mg once a day. But now a new Dr has decided that my heart was beating so slow as to not keep the fluid build up down. So I'm asking like you, why keep the Metorpolol. I also have never had high blood pressure. Right now it's 122/84/heart 74.

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@grandmajan

Hi vyronp: I had a DVT and they found AFib going on. Started me out on 25mg of Metoprolol. 2 x a day. I was a slug. I kept cutting down. I still take 1/2 of a 25mg once a day. But now a new Dr has decided that my heart was beating so slow as to not keep the fluid build up down. So I'm asking like you, why keep the Metorpolol. I also have never had high blood pressure. Right now it's 122/84/heart 74.

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Your pressure is great and your heart rate.not a doctor but I wouldn't take that marginal amount! I have had the worst side effects from metoprolol. Have had afib since started on it so am weaning myself off all together.was on 50mg per day tablet, cut to 3/4of tablet to 1/2 tablet down to 1/4 tab to 0. I have done a lot of research on the subject. Even the FDA has serious warnings about Metropolol. Hoping my afib goes away, if not will control with capsules of Hawthorne berry which relaxes the heart muscles

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@grandmajan

Hi vyronp: I had a DVT and they found AFib going on. Started me out on 25mg of Metoprolol. 2 x a day. I was a slug. I kept cutting down. I still take 1/2 of a 25mg once a day. But now a new Dr has decided that my heart was beating so slow as to not keep the fluid build up down. So I'm asking like you, why keep the Metorpolol. I also have never had high blood pressure. Right now it's 122/84/heart 74.

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I'm taking 350 mg of Metoprolol Succinate AND 25 mg of Metoprolol Tartrate daily, as well as Phenytoin, Zocor, Coumadin, and a few other things, I'm not seeing the effects that many in this thread have stated. I understand we're all different, but, overall, I think we must consider that some things might be the Metoprolol, or the effects described might be from other disorders that just happen to be afflicting us while we're on Metoprolol.

Such decisions must be made in concert with, or with the awareness of, your doctor.

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@vyronp

hello, i had a mild heart attack before almost 3 years that was treated successfully with angioplasty. after that the doctor prescribed for me medication which included metoprolol tartrate 25 mg daily. i never had high blood pressure, before the attack and after. i was wondering what's the point in continuing this drug?

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Metoprolol Tartrate, but not Metoprolol Succinate, has, according to the studies, been proven to reduce the chance of a 2nd Heart Attack. Perhaps that's why it's still prescribed. Discuss it with your doctor.

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@soliloquized

Metoprolol Tartrate, but not Metoprolol Succinate, has, according to the studies, been proven to reduce the chance of a 2nd Heart Attack. Perhaps that's why it's still prescribed. Discuss it with your doctor.

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@vyronp that's what my cardiologist said. It's heart protective.

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@soliloquized

Metoprolol Tartrate, but not Metoprolol Succinate, has, according to the studies, been proven to reduce the chance of a 2nd Heart Attack. Perhaps that's why it's still prescribed. Discuss it with your doctor.

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If true, this gives me some concern. I take Metoprolol Succcinate, 50mg, for about 3 years now after suffering from an attack of Takasubu when my sister passed away. I have not any unusual symptoms or pathology taking this medication. I am 88 yrs.old and take other medicines as well for pressure, heart issues , etc. I do review these with my internist who is a cardiologist and am due for an ekg in March when I will review again.

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thank you all for your replies. my main concern is that, although the medicine can have some helpful side uses, its main job, as i understand it, is to keep the blood pressure low. my fear is if it gets it too low? i mean it's been like three years since the incident and i never had a single discomfort to the chest etc. to alert me.

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@sapphira

If true, this gives me some concern. I take Metoprolol Succcinate, 50mg, for about 3 years now after suffering from an attack of Takasubu when my sister passed away. I have not any unusual symptoms or pathology taking this medication. I am 88 yrs.old and take other medicines as well for pressure, heart issues , etc. I do review these with my internist who is a cardiologist and am due for an ekg in March when I will review again.

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I'm not sure which part you're addressing by "If true, this gives me some concern".

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