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 taking Metoprolol Succinate dangerous?
Metoprolol Succinate is usually safe when taken as per the doctor’s prescription. This medicine exhibits dangerous effects if the medicine is stopped suddenly. Stopping the medicine suddenly can cause an abrupt increase in the heart rate and affect its activity, which can be dangerous for heart failure patients and can even lead to a heart attack in some patients. So, do not stop the medicine suddenly and take it for the prescribed duration.
Q. Does Metoprolol Succinate help you sleep better?
Metoprolol Succinate belongs to the beta-blockers class of medicine. Though their effect on sleep varies from person to person, it has been found that these medicines are known to alter the sleep pattern and disturb sleep in few patients. On the other hand, it has also been seen to promote better sleep in patients with increased heart rate and anxiety by calming down the heart and nerves. Do consult your doctor in case you have any sleep disturbances.
Q. What should I do if I forget to take Metoprolol Succinate?
If you forget to take a dose of Metoprolol Succinate, then take it as soon as you remember it. However, if the time of your next dose is nearby, then skip the missed dose to avoid taking a double dose.
Q. Can I take alcohol after taking Metoprolol Succinate?
No, you should not consume alcohol after taking Metoprolol Succinate. Alcohol may increase the blood-pressure-lowering effects of this medicine and lead to low blood pressure.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 20th Sep 2021. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.