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Knowing how to stop taking metoprolol is almost as important as knowing how to take it. Stopping too suddenly can cause a withdrawal syndrome that increases the risk for the type of chest pain known as angina, and can even increase the risk for a heart attack.

How to Stop Taking Metoprolol – Steps

1. Only stop taking metoprolol upon the specific recommendation and under the supervision of a physician.

2. Avoid abrupt disruption by taking smaller doses of metoprolol over the course of several weeks.

3. Note any changes in blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm or the onset of palpitations, as these may be signs that the dosage should be increased temporarily.

4. Stay in communication with the prescribing physician.

5. Continue to take all other medications as prescribed.


How long does it take for metoprolol to get out of your system?

At a half-life of 3 to 7 hours, it takes about one day for metoprolol to leave the system.

Can I wean myself off of metoprolol?

You should not stop using metoprolol without first consulting with a medical provider. When stopping metoprolol, always reduce dosage slowly to avoid serious complications from withdrawal.

How can I reduce the side effects of metoprolol?

To reduce side effects of metoprolol:

  • Take metoprolol at the same time each day.
  • Report any side effects that interfere with the quality of life to your medical provider.
  • Report any instances of a very slow heartbeat or cold feeling in the hands or feet.
  • Do not substitute metoprolol tartrate with metoprolol succinate and vice versa.
  • Always check the prescription to ensure it is the correct medication and dosage.
  • Take metoprolol tartrate with food or immediately after eating.

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