High Alert Medication: This medication bears a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when it is used in error.
- Kapspargo Sprinkle
- Lopresor SR
- Toprol XL
- Angina pectoris.
- Prevention of MI and decreased mortality in patients with recent MI.
- Management of stable, symptomatic (class II or III) heart failure due to ischemic, hypertensive or cardiomyopathic origin (may be used with ACE inhibitors, diuretics and/or digoxin; Toprol XL only).
- Ventricular arrhythmias/tachycardia.
- Migraine prophylaxis.
- Aggressive behavior.
- Drug-induced akathisia.
Blocks stimulation of beta1 (myocardial)-adrenergic receptors. Does not usually affect beta2 (pulmonary, vascular, uterine)-adrenergic receptor sites.
- Decreased BP and heart rate.
- Decreased frequency of attacks of angina pectoris.
- Decreased rate of cardiovascular mortality and hospitalization in patients with heart failure.
Absorption: Well absorbed after oral administration.
Distribution: Crosses the blood-brain barrier, crosses the placenta; small amounts enter breast milk.
Metabolism and Excretion: Mostly metabolized by the liver (primarily by CYP2D6; the CYP2D6 enzyme system exhibits genetic polymorphism); ~7% of population may be poor metabolizers and may have significantly ↑ metoprolol concentrations and an ↑ risk of adverse effects.
Half-life: 3–7 hr.
TIME/ACTION PROFILE (cardiovascular effects)
|PO†||15 min||unknown||6–12 hr|
|PO–ER||unknown||6–12 hr||24 hr|
|IV||immediate||20 min||5–8 hr|
- Uncompensated HF;
- Pulmonary edema;
- Cardiogenic shock;
- Bradycardia, heart block, or sick sinus syndrome (in absence of a pacemaker).
Use Cautiously in:
- Renal impairment;
- Hepatic impairment;
- Pulmonary disease (including asthma; beta1 selectivity may be lost at higher doses);
- Diabetes mellitus (may mask signs of hypoglycemia);
- Thyrotoxicosis (may mask symptoms);
- Patients with a history of severe allergic reactions (intensity of reactions may be ↑);
- Untreated pheochromocytoma (initiate only after alpha blocker therapy started);
- OB: Use during pregnancy only if potential maternal benefit justifies potential fetal risk; crosses the placenta and may cause fetal/neonatal bradycardia, hypotension, hypoglycemia, or respiratory depression
- Lactation: Use while breastfeeding only if potential maternal benefit justifies potential risk to infant; may result in bradycardia, constipation, diarrhea, and dry mouth/skin/eyes in infant, especially in mothers who are CYP2D6 poor metabolizers.
- Pedi: Safety and effectiveness not established in children <18 yr (tablets, extended-release tablets, and injection) or <6 yr (extended-release capsules);
- Geri: Older adults may have ↑ sensitivity to beta blockers; initial dose ↓ recommended.
Adverse Reactions/Side Effects
CNS: fatigue, weakness, anxiety, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, memory loss, mental status changes, nervousness, nightmares
CV: BRADYCARDIA, HF, PULMONARY EDEMA, hypotension, peripheral vasoconstriction
EENT: blurred vision, stuffy nose
Endo: hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia
GI: constipation, diarrhea, drug-induced hepatitis, dry mouth, flatulence, gastric pain, heartburn, ↑ liver enzymes, nausea, vomiting
GU: erectile dysfunction, ↓ libido, urinary frequency
MS: arthralgia, back pain, joint pain
Resp: bronchospasm, wheezing
Misc: drug-induced lupus syndrome
* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening.
Underline indicate most frequent.
- General anesthesia, IV phenytoin, and verapamil may cause ↑ myocardial depression.
- ↑ risk of bradycardia when used with digoxin, verapamil, diltiazem, or clonidine.
- ↑ hypotension may occur with other antihypertensives, acute ingestion of alcohol, or nitrates.
- Concurrent use with amphetamines, cocaine, ephedrine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, phenylephrine, or pseudoephedrine may result in unopposed alpha-adrenergic stimulation (excessive hypertension, bradycardia).
- Concurrent administration of thyroid administration may ↓ effectiveness.
- May alter the effectiveness of insulins or oral hypoglycemic agents (dose adjustments may be necessary).
- May ↓ the effectiveness of theophylline.
- May ↓ the beneficial beta1 -cardiovascular effects of dopamine or dobutamine.
- Use cautiously within 14 days of MAO inhibitor therapy (may result in hypertension).
When switching from immediate-release to extended-release product, the same total daily dose can be used
PO (Adults): Hypertension/angina– 25–100 mg/day as a single dose initially or 2 divided doses; may be ↑ every 7 days as needed up to 450 mg/day (immediate-release) or 400 mg/day (extended-release) (for angina, give in divided doses). Extended-release products are given once daily. MI– 25–50 mg (starting 15 min after last IV dose) every 6 hr for 48 hr, then 100 mg twice daily. Heart failure– 12.5–25 mg once daily (of extended-release), can be doubled every 2 wk up to 200 mg/day. Migraine prevention– 50–100 mg 2–4 times daily (unlabeled).
IV (Adults): MI– 5 mg every 2 min for 3 doses, followed by oral dosing.
PO (Children ≥6 yr): Hypertension– 1 mg/kg once daily (extended-release capsules); may be titrated, as needed (not to exceed 50 mg/day).
Availability (generic available)
Tablets (tartrate): 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg
Generic: All strengths $7.18/100
Extended-release capsules (succinate; Kapspargo Sprinkle): 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg
Extended-release tablets (succinate; Toprol XL): 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg
Generic: 25 mg $35.68/100, 50 mg $41.93/100, 100 mg $53.95/100, 200 mg $84.54/100
Solution for injection: 1 mg/mL
In Combination with: hydrochlorothiazide (Dutoprol, Lopressor HCT). See combination drugs.
- Monitor BP, ECG, and pulse frequently during dose adjustment and periodically during therapy.
- Monitor frequency of prescription refills to determine compliance.
- Monitor vital signs and ECG every 5–15 min during and for several hrs after parenteral administration. If heart rate <40 bpm, especially if cardiac output is also decreased, administer atropine 0.25–0.5 mg IV.
- Monitor intake and output ratios and daily weights. Assess routinely for signs and symptoms of HF (dyspnea, rales/crackles, weight gain, peripheral edema, jugular venous distention).
- Angina: Assess frequency and characteristics of anginal attacks periodically during therapy.
Lab Test Considerations:
May cause ↑ BUN, serum lipoprotein, potassium, triglyceride, and uric acid levels.
- May cause ↑ ANA titers.
- May cause ↑ in blood glucose levels.
- May cause ↑ serum alkaline phosphatase, LDH, AST, and ALT levels.
- High Alert: IV vasoactive medications are inherently dangerous. Before administering intravenously, have second practitioner independently check original order and dose calculations.
- High Alert: Do not confuse Toprol-XL (metoprolol succinate) with Topamax (topiramate). Do not confuse Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with Lyrica (pregabalin). Do not confuse metoprolol tartrate with metoprolol succinate.
Take apical pulse before administering. If <50 bpm or if arrhythmia occurs, withhold medication and notify health care professional.
- Administer metoprolol with meals or directly after eating.
- DNC: Extended-release tablets may be broken in half; do not crush or chew.
- Swallow Kapspargo Sprinkle whole. If unable to swallow a capsule, may be opened and contents sprinkled over soft food (applesauce, pudding, yogurt). Swallow contents of capsule along with a small amount (tsp) of soft food. Swallow drug/food mixture within 60 min; do not store for future use. May also be administered via NG tube by opening and adding capsule contents to an all plastic oral tip syringe and adding 15 mL of water. Gently shake syringe for about 10 sec. Promptly administer through a 12 French or larger NG tube. Rinse with additional water to ensure no granules are left in syringe.
- IV Push: Diluent: Administer undiluted. Concentration: 1 mg/mL.
- Rate: Administer over 1 min.
- Y-Site Compatibility:
- albumin, human
- aminocaproic acid
- amphotericin B liposome
- arsenic trioxide
- ascorbic acid
- calcium chloride
- calcium gluconate
- daunorubicin hydrochloride
- doxorubicin hydrochloride
- doxorubicin liposomal
- epoetin alfa
- etoposide phosphate
- folic acid
- gallium nitrate
- insulin, regular
- lactated Ringer's
- leucovorin calcium
- magnesium sulfate
- 0.9% NaCl
- penicillin G
- potassium acetate
- potassium chloride
- sodium bicarbonate
- zoledronic acid
- Y-Site Incompatibility:
- amphotericin B deoxycholate
- amphotericin B lipid complex
- gemtuzumab ozogamicin
- Instruct patient to take medication as directed, at the same time each day, even if feeling well; do not skip or double up on missed doses. Take missed doses as soon as possible up to 8 hr before next dose. Abrupt withdrawal may precipitate life-threatening arrhythmias, hypertension, or myocardial ischemia.
- Teach patient and family how to check pulse daily and BP biweekly and to report significant changes to health care professional.
- May cause drowsiness. Caution patient to avoid driving or other activities that require alertness until response to the drug is known.
- Advise patient to change positions slowly to minimize orthostatic hypotension.
- Caution patient that this medication may increase sensitivity to cold.
- Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult health care professional before taking any Rx, OTC, or herbal products, especially cold preparations, concurrently with this medication. Patients on antihypertensive therapy should also avoid excessive amounts of coffee, tea, and cola.
- Diabetics should closely monitor blood glucose, especially if weakness, malaise, irritability, or fatigue occurs. Medication does not block sweating as a sign of hypoglycemia.
- Advise patient to notify health care professional if slow pulse, difficulty breathing, wheezing, cold hands and feet, dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, depression, rash, fever, sore throat, unusual bleeding, or bruising occurs.
- Instruct patient to inform health care professional of medication regimen before treatment or surgery.
- Rep: Advise females of reproductive potential to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected, or if breast feeding. Monitor neonates of women taking metoprolol for symptoms of hypotension, bradycardia, hypoglycemia, and respiratory depression and manage accordingly. Monitor breast-fed infants for bradycardia, dry mouth, skin or eyes, and diarrhea or constipation.
- Advise patient to carry identification describing disease process and medication regimen at all times.
- Hypertension: Reinforce the need to continue additional therapies for hypertension (weight loss, sodium restriction, stress reduction, regular exercise, moderation of alcohol consumption, and smoking cessation). Medication controls but does not cure hypertension.
- Decrease in BP.
Reduction in frequency of anginal attacks.
- Increase in activity tolerance.
- Prevention of MI.
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