Q. What is the difference between Metoprolol Succinate And Metoprolol Tartrate?
Metoprolol Succinate is an extended-release form of Metoprolol. This means it is slowly released in the body and only needs to be taken once a day. On the other hand, Metoprolol Tartrate is an immediate-release tablet that provides immediate effect but doesn’t stay in your body as long as Metoprolol Succinate does. Hence, multiple doses in a day may be required.
Q. Does Metoprolol Succinate cause weight gain?
Metoprolol Succinate can cause weight gain, although very rarely. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight gain with Metoprolol Succinate as it could be due to some underlying condition that needs attention.
Q. How long does Metoprolol Succinate take to work?
The time taken by Metoprolol Succinate to start working varies from person to person. Usually, Metoprolol Succinate starts working within 15 minutes. However, in some patients, it may take up to 2 hours to start showing its beneficial effects. It starts acting slowly and the maximum or full effect is usually experienced within a span of 1 week. In case you do not feel any difference while taking Metoprolol Succinate, do not panic. The medicine exerts its beneficial effects when taken for a long time.
Q. Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?
You can eat and drink normally while taking Metoprolol Succinate. However, making lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, eating healthy food and exercising regularly can further give a boost to your health.
Q. Do I need to avoid playing sports while taking Metoprolol Succinate?
No, there is no need to quit playing sports while taking Metoprolol Succinate. In fact, regular exercise can help you in controlling your blood pressure. However, do not overdo any physical activity or push yourself too hard while exercising or playing sports.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 29th Apr 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.