I'm not sure I have any advice, but I've been on Toprol for almost 2 years now, and I've wanted to get off of it several times too. Each time I do, I get terribly shakey (andrenaline rush), and have to go back on. It's a bummer!
My cardiologist started me on it for irregular heartbeat, skipped beats, pvc's and pac's, along with rapid heartbeat ... but also, because I produce allot of andrenaline (it tends to come out in spurts), which many people with mitral valve prolapse SYNDROME have problems with.
There is a difference in mvp and mvps (syndrome). The mvps affects your autonomic nervous system, and can cause panic attacks, too much andrenaline output and many other problems. Toprol helps to cut down the andrenaline and slows the heart down ... so for me, it's really helped keep me and my heart calmer .. BUT, now I'm so tired and somewhat depressed, that I'd like to see what it's like without it for awhile. Toprol can also cause depression.
For the last 10 days, I've been on a regimine of vitamins and minerals, black strap mollasses, brewers yeast, wheat germ, barley green ... and trying to cut back on sugar and eating less fat. I always feel better on less fat, but I still use whole milk and butter. One mineral I was SURE to include, was Magnesium Aspartate! I feel that's made a difference all ready. I have less irregular beats, and I can lay on my left side at night without my heart going all over the place ... so I'll continue to take it. I'm also taking Co-Q10, which is very good for the heart.
Right now I'm bleeding heavy for 2 weeks out of the month, and have been found to be extremely anemic, so I'm not going to try and come off of it until I get this taken care of and build up my blood .... then I'm going to sincerely cut back on the Toprol, and eventually get off, and see if the Magnesium, Co-Q10 and other supplements and good eating will work on their own.
By the way, I've had this for almost 20 years, and I'm still here .... I know it feels horrible, and I STILL don't like it, but I also know that I'm probably more likely to get killed in a car accident than from this.
I hope this helps a little, and if you ever want to talk more .... I'm here.