Toprol XL is a brand of drug with the generic name of metoprolol. This drug is a prescription-only drug and is typically given for patients that have heart disease. Toprol XL is classified as a beta-blocker which simply means that this drug works to promote relaxation of blood vessels and therefore improving blood flow especially to the blood vessels in the heart. With relaxation of blood vessels, the overall heart rate of a person will also slow down along with the blood pressure. The following are some benefits of this drug:
Treatment for hypertension
Being a beta-blocker, Toprol XL is effective in lowering blood pressure in patients with hypertension. Its basic effect is in the relaxation of blood vessels that surround the heart and this will eventually lead to stabilization of blood flow and pressure. The heart is considered as the main blood-pumping organ of the body and the organs and limbs need blood from it for proper functioning.’Â ‘Â People with hypertension have literally elevated blood pressures which may cause damage to the blood vessels and the heart. Through the action of Toprol XL, the blood vessels will be relaxed and thereby giving a smoother flow for the blood and eventually lowering blood pressure.
Treatment for chest pains
People with angina pectoris may also benefit from taking Toprol XL. The main complaint of people with this condition is chest pain that produces some kind of compression. Many patients report a tight squeezing feeling in their chest which is very uncomfortable and painful. The chest pain from angina pectoris is often a symptom of an underlying heart condition which is responsive to Toprol XL treatment. People with ischemic or coronary artery disease may get relief from the blood vessel relaxation effect of Toprol XL. With this kind of effect, this drug may also be given to patients with angina pectoris for long term treatment programs.
Prevention of heart attack
The heart is a vital organ of the body and any abnormality or dysfunction may cause severe illness or even death. People with ischemia or decreased blood flow in the heart muscles are good candidates for an eventual heart attack or heart failure. Through Toprol XL treatment, the blood flow in the heart can be normalized and/or stabilized to help alleviate other symptoms and possibly prevent irreversible heart failure.
Medication involving Toprol XL should strictly be monitored by a patient’s medical team. The right dosage and frequency of taking the drug must be followed because of possible complications. Management of heart diseases also involve several drugs aside from Toprol XL and this is the very reason why patients and family members should take extreme caution when under treatment. All other illnesses and allergies for example must be reported to the doctor to avoid dangerous side effects and drug interactions. In the case of Toprol XL, patients who already have a slow heart rate and those with severe heart and/or blood vessels problems may not be allowed to take this drug. Those with liver and thyroid disease should also take caution and discuss with their doctors regarding treatment with Toprol XL.