Breathing difficulties/shortness is considered a serious potential side effect of metoprolol and anxiety is considered a less serious potential side effect of metoprolol. I recommend discussing with your physician as soon as possible.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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Lisa. I am very scared and don't trust my doctor. About 4-5 years ago, I was in awesome physical shape, working out regularly. But began struggling with "maximums" -- couldn't run at all or walk at high inclines without developing major palpitations and difficulty breathing. Stress test was normal -- just a "rapid heartrate." Over the last 4 years, it has increasingly gotten worse. My blood pressure has risen from years at 90-100/60-70 to a very high state now. Without metaprolol, I was above 160/120 -- wound up in ER with massive headaches. Cardiologist prescribed me metaprolol, just 25mg. Over the last year, I have taken just the 25mg but the strange chest feelings have come and gone. I have stopped exercising completely, so now I don't know if I am just out of shape. On 25mg, my bp was still 140/100, so recently cardiologist bumped me to 50mg. I have felt WORSE at 50mg -- I can't walk from room to room without gasping for breath, shampooing my hair leaves me drained and gasping. I am only 46 years old, 5'4" and 120 lbs. I have a very active family and I hate this. I honestly feel right now like I am going to die from a heart attack at any moment. But my cardiologist did an EKG and said my heart was fine -- said "maybe you shouldn't hike" and "just slowly walk." Suggested bumping the toprol to 75mg.
This is the second cardiologist I have been to - the first a couple years ago also prescriped Tropol. Said "sometimes mothers are especially stressed with can cause the elevated blood pressure."
Am I crazy??? Maybe I need to find a female cardiologist? Or do I just have to prepare to live like this? This is nuts. I want to go hiking with my family; play soccer with my kids.
I recommend you contact Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane for help investigating the cause of your symptoms. She is located in Detroit, but provides health coaching through the website relayhealth.com. You can do a search under "Find Your Doctor" to locate her and then register.
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