Toprol and Depression

Toprol-XL and Depression: What to Look For

Depression is an extremely common problem. In fact, in any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population (about 18.8 million American adults) suffers from depression. Therefore, knowing the symptoms can be helpful.
Possible depression symptoms may include:
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, and being "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss (or overeating and weight gain)
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, and suicide attempts
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
Keep in mind that other conditions can share similar symptoms with depression.

Final Thoughts

Depression may or may not be a side effect of Toprol-XL -- the research is unclear. If you are taking Toprol-XL -- or another beta blocker -- it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression. If you experience any signs while taking Toprol-XL, or if something "just does not seem right," you should talk to your healthcare provider. Whether or not your depression is a side effect of Toprol-XL, your healthcare provider should be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
If you have a history of depression, discuss it with your doctor before starting this drug. Together, you can decide whether Toprol-XL makes sense for your particular situation.
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