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Metoprolol. Tapering off. Side effects. Horrible drug!

Metoprolol has been the worst medication I've ever been on. After a year of not knowing what was making me sick we found out it's this poison. I have never suffered so much and now after so much I found out it was this medication which I was given for hypertension. I've always ran but high and I believe I in fact have white coast hypertension I have MS so it's hard to know what's wha. Unclearly this drug ruined my life. I was 5"8 145lbs after losing a lot of weight from the pesky steroids I was given initially for MS then this drug in one year (despite healthy eating) packed on 30lbs and gave me a list of horrific side effects to include swelling chest pressure burning in arms sleep disturbances extreme dizziness depression I never thought possible. I'm slowly tapering off as no one warns you how risky stopping this drug is. Into week 2 of taper and it's hard

I have a tough time with MS but was never this sick

Also doctors hand this crap out like nothing despite FDA warnings. Anyone else go through this? I can't wait to be rid of this poison in me. My anxiety is off the charts

I can't believe I agreed to take this Med. I trusted my doctor. Never again. Have been to ER very sick 3 times. Even ER doc said it's not a good Med to treat HTN of any kind

Thank you for your time

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  • Tee19

    Well not exactly what you felt but yes I did have some very unpleasant side effects. I got rhinitis, tinnitus, and acid reflux. Everything went away except for the tinutus and yes I hope I don't ever have to take it again either. Mine was for cardiac arrhythmia.

    • Glow509

      hi, i got acid reflux and lots of abdominal cramps/gas - these are on my  PIL leaflet - and have now gone, but it was only after 6 months that i got persistent ear pain, for over 3 months, still have, do not think i would call it tinnitus, it started with balance issues, which have subsided,  i had not connected this as a possible effect, but have now seen that bbs are ototoxic, but not sure what this means, thanks for the info, will check out

    • Glow509

      Thank you Maribel. How long did you take it and are you off it totally? I wish I had never heard of this or taken this drug

      Annie below mentioned ear pain and I have it too but never associated the two. Thanks for your help

    • Tee19

      Well let's 2 months I believe. My dosage of meto was 175mg 2 times a day. Figure that. Me too I wish there was something different to take for these situations. You welcome hope you get better ☺

    • Glow509

      Thank you. I was on 50mgs twice a day for a year. My taper schedule is 4-6 weeks. Hoping it doesn't get too ugly.

      That's an odd dosage you had. Thank you again

  • Tee19

    my whole experience, 13 months since started nebivolol, on it only 4 months before taper of a few weeks, but repercussions due to all the ill health ongoing, like you i no longer trust any doctor as try to discuss and you get little help.  it is possible that people like ourselves with autoimmune conditions may be more affected by bbs, i do not know - i do not have your condition, but 2 others - one still affected, and yes, i have gained weight, but after stopping, nothing is the same as when i started.  if you are weaning off, take care as you will prob have more adrenalin/other hormones circulating than you have ever experienced, and any stress will increase these to levels that are hard to handle, you may also feel very odd indeed. hope things work out

    • annie78444

      Thank you Annie

      WOW I've had a persistent earache for months and the feeling of water in my ears. Drops haven't done much. Was even put on a small round of antibiotics. I never associated the two

      i wish I had never taken it. Thanks for the input. Very grateful

  • Tee19

    Tee i agree, it is a horrible drug with lots of side effects... I take it because I have a fib.. however, I do not bleieve the numbers of 140/90 are the correct numbers for everyone.  I still use 100 + youar age to be correct..  Personally I don't care what the medical profession says as many of them are wrong and the new numbers have been put in place by the drug companies..

    • Tee19

      Until  a few years ago a system was in place for decades that a persons BP was measured by 100 + adding the persons age.. it was considered normal.. of course now it makes the doctors and drug compaies happy to sell drugs by lowering the number considerably for everyone regardless of age.. Really?  How can they sit there with a straight face and say someone age 20 will have the same blood pressure as an 80 year old.. I don't buy that.. and of course  they will cut us some slack by saying "the new research" says it's ok for elders to have 150/90 bp.. All this research is to make money and often funder by these companies to "research" and make money...

    • ann c.04098

      I agree with you lock stock and barrel. Thanks for explaining it. Makes sense to me. All this so-called new research is just nothing more but to pad the pockets of these pharmaceutical companies anything positions it is absolutely sickening what medicine has become

  • Tee19

    Tee19...Although some people don't believe it, there is a difference between Metropolol and Atenolol even though both are beta blockers.

    A few years back, say about 3...I was taking approx. 50mg Metropolol/daily. During that time, I was experiencing very bad headaches to the point where they scared me. I finally complained to who was my Dr. at the time. He told me to wean off it, which of course is a must. About 2 years ago, he put me on Atenolol 25mg/2xdaily. Atenolol does not give me a headache at all. A pharmacist whom I trust implicitly & who gives me great advice even though I'm not a customer at that pharmacy, told me that Metropolol crosses the blood brain barrier., whereas Atenolol does not, so perhaps this was the difference which was causing the headaches. 

    The Dr. I had..wasn't a good fit for me, & I was very uncomfortable on the journey to see him, while I was waiting my turn, & in his presence. He spent far too much time on the computer & I didn't know if he was listening to me half the time. He also was a young cocky know-it-all, or so it seemed to me. So, I made enquiries, & returned to my previous Dr in whom I have 100000% faith. I asked about taking the Atenolol just 1x daily., rather than splitting the 50mg tablet in two, & taking 1/2 tablet in the morning, then the other half in the afternoon. He said that of course I could do that. I was still ingesting 50mg, no matter how I did it. The pharmacist said exactly the same thing, in fact she said to me..."the Atenolol is meant to be taken just 1x daily", & she couldn't understand why the previous Dr. had me taking 1/2 in the morning, then 1/2 in the afternoon.

    I think what I'm getting at here Tee, is that there are certainly different beta blockers. I did find the Metropolol a threat for whatever reason, most likely because of the horrid headaches I was experiencing while on it. 

    Whatever you do, do NOT suddenly stop taking the MUST be weaned. Get your Pharmacist to suggest a weaning plan.

    Good luck!!

    • mike92384

      Definately what Mike92384 says is correct.. I was on Nadalol, another beta blocker, which caused no side effects by not crossing the blood brain barrier, trouble is I was misdiagnosed .. Nadalol is given to folks who have renal failure which I do not.. Fast forward to another doctor and I am now on Metoprolol it does a better job but my concern is it is made in India, a place where water is not fit to drink..

    • mike92384

      Hello Mike. Thank you. Believe me I'm on a very careful 4-6 week taper. Going into week two. I'll never touch another one of these drugs again. I appreciate all the info. I'm furious as I have been through hell on this drug and I'm going through a lot tapering off but I'll get through it. What the hell is wrong with these doctors. So quick yo throw a pill without looking into it. I should have done my homework and failed but I trusted my doc today's medicine is all fun like a fast food drive through.

      I sincerely appreciate your help

      Looking all the way back in my records previous docs where I used to live I ran a bit high in my BP but they were never worried due to great land and felt I was just anxious even making notes on it in my chart

      I just don't know if I warranted this drug and it hasn't done anything but turn my life upside down

      I'm trying to slowly and safely get through this. My anxiety is high and I hope it goes well

      Trying to remain calm as I can through it

      Thank you again Mike. So kind of you to share your story

    • ann c.04098

      Ann. Yes. I've heard of drugs in India making people very ill. Please investigate that. Check and track where your drugs are from. Please be safe. I will never touch this poison again regardless who makes it. I'm going slow on the taper and keeping notes

      The misdiagnosis they made with you is just awful.

      Thanks for your input


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