Toprol XL is a beta blocker medication that’s used in order to help treat problems such as chest pain (angina) heart failure as well as high blood pressure. The reason why it’s so important for a person to keep their blood pressure low is because when they don’t they put themselves at higher risk for certain health problems. One of these problems would include stroke, which can leave a person partially unable to move. Other problems would include heart attacks and kidney problems.
The way Toprol XL works is that it’s able to block out the action of specific chemicals in the body (like epinephrine) that have an effect on the heart and blood vessels. As a result the heart rate is lowered, blood pressure is lowered and the strain on the heart goes down. There are people who would benefit from this medicational treatment more than others, such as those who might be genetically predisposed to high blood pressure. However, any serious case would be well suited to using Toprol XL.
Toprol XL has other uses as well. For instance, it can be used in order to help people who suffer from irregular heartbeats, migraine headache, and increase the chances of survival after an acute heart attack.
What are some of the minor potential side effects a person might out themselves at risk of if they decide to take Toprol XL?
Slow heartbeat may occur
Decreased sexual ability has been reported rarely
All of these are side effects that are common, but this doesn’t mean if you take this treatment you’ll suffer from any or all of these. You might have a higher chance of suffering from one than the other. In any case, all your body needs is a chance to get accustomed to taking Toprol XL. Once you’ve built up a higher tolerance for it, then you’ll find these side effects are lowered in terms of severity and frequency. If this isn’t the case or the problems become worse, then you might want to consider speaking with a doctor as soon as you could.
You can lower the chance of dizziness of lightheadedness if you get up in slow fashion when rising from a sitting or lying down position.
What are some of the potential serious side effects for a person who decides to use Toprol XL?
Reduced blood flow to the hands and feet, which as a result will cause them to feel cold.
Very slow heartbeat
New or worsening symptoms of heart failure (such as swelling ankles/feet
Shortness of breath
Unexplained/sudden weight gain)
Mental/mood changes (such as confusion, mood swings, depression)
Serious allergic reactions
The above isn’t a complete list of side effect you might be at risk of when you take Toprol XL. What you have to do is keep careful watch over yourself while on it in order to see if anything happens that wasn’t an issue before. Any signs of side effects not mentioned above should be reported to a doctor right away so they can examine it or offer advice.
If you can’t reach a doctor than speaking to a pharmacist might help as well.