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Old 02-22-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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Question Metoprolol 25mg - Splitting?

I am taking Metoprolol 25mg twice daily. I am fatigued since starting this med and my BP is averaging 110/60. The tablets are scored and I thought about splitting them for a 12.5mg dosage. However, I believe that they are "time release" and I am curious if cutting the tablet is advisable.
Comments appreciated.
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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Re: Metoprolol 25mg - Splitting?

I used to take 50mg of Metoproal ER and after talking to my Cardio cut the dosage in half. He suggested breaking the 50mg tabs in half (they do have a slit in the middle for that purpose). So breaking them in half is not a problem. However, you should check with your Doc. berfore lowering your dosage. Reducing Toproal incorrectly could be dangerious.
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:54 PM   #3
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Re: Metoprolol 25mg - Splitting?

I am also on 50 mg but my doctor does not have my splitting my dose, she actually has me taking it at night before I go to bed so I do not have to worry about the side effects. I have not had any problems as of yet..


Old 02-24-2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: Metoprolol 25mg - Splitting?

Double check with your pharmacist, but my understanding is that the only metroprolol that is time release is the brand Toprol XL, so if you are taking the generic, they are not time release.

And, as someone has already mentioned, don't be lowering your dose of a beta-blocker without physician oversight; it can cause problems big time.

Old 02-24-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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Re: Metoprolol 25mg - Splitting?

I have been using metoprolol 25 mg. for three years without a problem. I do split them with a pill cutter and take 1/2 a.m. and 1/2 p.m. I am using the cheapest genetic and sometimes the pills change with the pharmacy, but still working for me if that helps. I did have a triple by-pass. Of course, make sure your using the correct dosage from your heart doctor. Hope that sheds some light. Good luck.

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