I cannot take this anymore!! I went off cymbalta to see if that helped with the weight. THEN I find out that it is actually probably the metoprolol which I have been taking for 6 years for either SVT or IST (they werent sure which). Cardio said I can wean down (taking only 12.5mg twice a day) slowly until they are gone. But she said if the palps and tachy come back, I will have to go back on. I feel imprisoned. I have tried to decrease and I already notice anxiety, a little tachy (for me) and a couple flutters (PVCs). I cannot live the way I did before the BB either. So what the hell am I supposed to do??? I am in tears I am so angry that I can never just feel good and normal and to NOT have to take medicine like an 80 year old...I am only 36! I am seriously just fed up. Between this crud and trying to control my depression...I just cant take it anymore. And I also cannot take being overweight like this.
I needed to vent. Anyone with any advice...it would be so nice. Either way, thanks for listening.
Soooooo...I have been on metropolol 75mg per day for 2 years and have not gained weight. I have never heard that it would make you gain weight. It also suprises me that your cardiologist would take you off of it because of weight gain and not put you on something else or at least send you to a nutricionist to help you loose weight. Seems to me that getting your heart under control is pretty important. As far as taking medication daily, I don't like it either but I just thank Heaven every day that they have come up with a pill that will help my situation. 2 seconds out of my day that it takes to swallow a couple of pills is nothing campared to having to contend with PVC's. So as they say "Put on you big girl panties and get on with life." Good luck to you.
I probably should have made somethings more clear...but I know ppl dont like to read a novel on here lol. I have done the nutritionist thing. I have gone to Drs, done a ton of different weight loss diets, i exercise AT LEAST one hour a day 6 days a week. I have done and tried it all and it simply does NOTHING.
If you google beta blockers and weight gain, you will see thousands (mostly women) in my exact same boat. Extra 20-30lbs right in the belly area that just will NOT come off. I am absolutely fine with taking a medication that I really need for the rest of my life. But if I dont really NEED it (sometimes they prescribe BBs basically to make you more comfortable I think - not necessarily to save your life) and it is causing me great depression, then why continue if I can at least try to get off of them.
I started the BB 10 days before I got pregnant. I stayed on thru out my pregnancy. I gained 70lbs total. The cardio said I never would have gained that much if it wasnt for the BB.
Both my cardio and EP said basically - your fine, this wont kill you, ignore it, take these pills and stop crying. LOL...well, not in those words...I was also told that they could see nothing that would be cause for ablation or any other further treatment. It was all very strange.
So, big girl panties are on. I just want smaller size panties.
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I too experienced weight gain after taking Metoprolol. I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolaspe and I was put on the drug to slow my heart rate and keep palpatations at bay. I gained 13 lbs in one years time! My cardiologist said the drug prolly slowed down my metabolism and told me to start eating more healthy and to exercise. I just started an exercise program (I'm only 3 weeks into it - working out with weights and cardio 6 times a week) and have been eating heathy, but no weight has come off yet - not even a pound. Beta Blockers do indeed cause weight gain in some people. I'm one of those people, and I can tell you that I am not happy about it. I'm on the fence whether or not I want to start weening myself off of it because before I was on the drug I was a wreck - having so many heart palpatations and anxiety that it was hard to get through the day. I also have had less migraine headaches since being put on the drug. All of the weight I have gained is in my belly and hips. I'm 45 and have never been over weight in my life - people are even commenting about my weight gain!! So I totally understand where you are coming from. MY cardiologist did tell me when I was ready to ween off that he will tell me how. When I saw him last December I wasn't ready to ween off, but now I think I may try. If I start feeling bad however, I'm just going to have to get back on it and accept being fat I guess. Something I don't want to have to accept!