I'm kind of new to the Blood Pressure forum and have been reading some of the articles about Toprol. I am currently on Toprol XL 100 and have been for about three months. My BP used to run about 120/60 and then about 4 months ago it shot up to 150+/90+. The Toprol does keep my BP and pulse down, however when the occassion comes where I don't have the money for it or I can't get any samples, my BP spikes about a day after not having it. Is there any other medications that might work a little better?
Blood pressure meds should be taken consistently to achieve best results.
Talk to your doctor about the possibility of trying HCTZ (hydrochlorthiazide). It's a diuretic, tried and true, very effective and CHEAP.
Toprol is a beta blocker and beta blockers are the WORST meds to "skip". (Also, I personally don''t think it should be the first line of treatment for simple hypertension unless one has heart disease or angina).
Stopping cold turkey can cause a serious elevation in BP and heart rate and it's a drug that one should never have an on-again off-again relationship with! This can be truly dangerous.
Or, if you really do need the "pulse control" of a beta-blocker. And, you want something cheap, you can always try atenolol. It's slightly more expensive than HCTZ... But, we are still talking about < $20 for a six month supply.
I personally don't like any of the beta-blockers. But, if it's working for you, great.
Can't stress enough that beta blockers must be taken consistantly - if you stop taking the drug you can have serious rebound hypertension. Talk to your doctor about switching to something less expensive. Tell him or her that if you can't afford to buy the prescription, there will be days that you miss taking the medicine. That is not good at all with beta blockers.