Toprol Blood Pressure Medicine
If you have high blood pressure, Toprol® (short for Toprol-XL®) is a medicine that your healthcare provider may recommend. This prescription medication is approved for treating various conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, such as high blood pressure, angina, and congestive heart failure.
As a blood pressure medication, Toprol works by blocking certain receptors in the body (beta receptors). These receptors are what stress hormones (such as adrenaline) attach to, and they cause certain reactions in the body, such as an increase in:
- Heart rate
- The force in which the heart pumps blood
- Blood pressure (both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure).
Toprol comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once a day. Although most people tolerate it well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with this blood pressure medicine, warnings and precautions should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. Potential side effects include tiredness, diarrhea, and dizziness.
(Click Toprol to learn more about this blood pressure medicine. This article also discusses the effects of Toprol on the body, lists other potential side effects of the drug, and explains what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)