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Metropolol---- Barely controling symtoms


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  • Metropolol---- Barely controling symtoms

    Hi Folks,

    I was on toprol for 6 years on small doses before I was diagnosed with HCM 3 months ago. Now I'm on 300 metropolol a day, and after 6 hours or so, I feel like a junkie yearning for my next FIX. I take a 100mg pill every 8 hours. In the morning, I wake up 2 hours before I intend to rise just to take my pill, so I won't be suffering for the initial 1 1/2 hour after getting up. I tried increasing the dose, but then my blood pressure dropped too low.

    Is this pattern typical? I'm going to see Dr. Sherrid on Tuesday, and it would help to get some feedback on this before I see him. I don't know whether I should be asking for another drug or not.

    After taking the 100 mg Metropolol, I can count on a good 5 hours in the middle of the 8 hours before I take another pill. Since I am legally disabled and don't have a lot of pressure in my life, I can tailor my day around these time periods of being capable and then, in the afternoon needing to spend 3 hours in bed. But it would be good to be able to rely on myself more consistently than this.

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    I'm afraid there is no real answer except that you need to talk to Dr. Sherrid about it. Everyone is different and the only relevent experience here is yours. (that being said, there are certainly side effects that more people get than others and so on).

    However, there is a long acting Toprol as well as other medications. I've had several times in my life where I could feel the drug simply stop working till the next dose kicked in, you just have to change your meds till you find what works.

    Let us know how it goes.



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      How did you make out with Dr. Sherrid? Any news on the med. issue?
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