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What are the withdrawal symptoms from metropolol? I don't

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What are the withdrawal symptoms from metropolol? I don't have hypertension. The only cardiac problem I have is a 50% blockage in my LAD. I was only taking 12.5 mg Bid. But have dizzy spells and orthostatic hypotension. I get up an nearly black out.
JA: When was last time you had a check up? Is there a history of high blood pressure in your family?
Customer: My mother, but otherwise no. Check up, maybe 3 months ago. I'm 79 years old.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: he knows, I've been seeing him for 10 years and a cardiologist once a year.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 10 months ago.

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This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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Metoprolol also controls heart rate besides lowering blood pressure. It reduces burden on the heart ( preload) by improving better chamber filling and hence better heart function. However it can cause dizziness and orthostatic hypotension from excessive drop in blood pressure. In that case, metoprolol should be gradually tapered off to avoid palpitations, even flash heart failure in some cases from excessive heart beats. Please discuss with her doctor regarding the taper procedure. Usually at such low dosage, metoprolol can be lowered to 12.5 mg daily for a week and then discontinue.
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