Toprol for Chest Pain

A healthcare provider may prescribe Toprol® (short for Toprol-XL®) to treat angina symptoms (such as chest pain). Toprol is a prescription medication used for treating several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels.
Angina is a type of heart disease that occurs when the heart muscle is not getting enough nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood for a short period of time. The inadequate blood flow is caused by narrowed coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart). The most commonly experienced symptom of angina is chest pain.
Toprol is effective in treating symptoms of angina, decreasing the number of angina attacks, and improving exercise tolerance. The medication is effective for treating this type of heart disease because it decreases the workload of the heart. This, in turn, means that the heart needs less oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to function properly at any given level of effort.
Although using this drug for chest pain and other angina symptoms is an effective treatment option, Toprol is not a cure for this heart condition.
(For more details, click Toprol-XL Uses. This article also discusses the effects of Toprol on the body, lists possible off-label uses of the medication, and explains whether the drug is safe for children.)
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