I was wondering if anyone out there was using Metoprolol for their SVT on an as needed basis??? I have SVT and was started out on this drug and took it for a few months. With ok from my doctor I quit taking it. I hadn't had any episodes for about 6 months then I had one last night while I was sleeping. And it was a bad one, the kind where you think your gonna die. :( My doctor had told me that some people can take Metoprolol on an as needed basis. Thanks!
I think it depends on which brand you're using. Some of them are in "slow release" formula (so a dose of say 25 mg is released through 24 hours) and will not work as a "pill in the pocket".
I have a beta blocker for use when needed, but that one is propranolol and not metoprolol (slow release). Propranolol works better towards anxiety, stress and other factors that may trigger a rapid heart rhythm. From time to time (generally stressful times) I can take 12,5 or 25 mg metoprolol in addition.
But I guess this is something that your doctor should decide as we are all different.
I've received two different instructions from my family physician, and my cardiologist. The former put me on 100mg/day and told me that if I had an SVT event, to chew on one, and that it would help in converting it. When I told my cardiologist, he politely told me that "it doesn't work that way". So take your choice. Regardless, I found Metoprolol ineffective in preventing episodes, which in my case had grown to 3 to 5 times per month. I do think however that the drug helped in converting episodes. I had a self sustaining form of SVT that once initiated, would run on until I intervened or I guess dropped over.
Metoprolol come is both slow release and in normal release, the normal release is much lower cost in the USA and is called Metoprolol Tartarait (sp?). I used the slow release once a day for a few years but got approval to move to the regular release taken at 1/2 the former dose rate, but I take it twice a day. I do not suffer from SVT, but I do take BB.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.