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Hi,

I was wondering if you think that being on a low dose beta blocker (25mg Toprol XL) - could cause breathing problems, stomach discomfort, and contribute to acid/GERD. I know large doses can cause problems - but I wasn't sure if such a low dose is doing these things to me or if I need to look in another direction.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you both so much.

I have been trying to 'isolate' things one at a time to try and figure out what is happening to me.

Toprol is next to go -- THANKS! I know that I have to do a slow weaning process - wonder after 4 years how long it will take to get the drug out of my system?
Hi, when I was taking Atenolol, I had weird side effects. Not everyone has the same side effects and there are doctors who's first line of defense against high blood pressure is the immediate prescription for beta blockers. Some people do really well. Other's don't. Doctors say it's a great drug. For me it wasn't so, but everyone is different (obviously.) I just read, and I wish I could remember where, that there is a new beta blocker out that doesn't cause the side effects that Atenolol and Toprol do. If anyone has heard of this, would you post.
Hi lola's mom,
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[QUOTE]I just read, and I wish I could remember where, that there is a new beta blocker out that doesn't cause the side effects that Atenolol and Toprol do. If anyone has heard of this, would you post.

There is a short thread on this board about this beta blocker, Bystolic. It's title is New blood pressure medication, dated 12/21/07. The new beta blocker was supposed to be available in early January 2008. I haven't seen much written about it since the initial press release in December of last year. I asked my doctor about it. It was news to him. :D I hope he'll be better informed when I see him later this week. He does not like to prescribe brand new medication. This beta blocker does not quite fall into the "new drug" category because it's been in use for quite some time in other countries.

PS You can find that press release easily. Hopefully, Mylan and Forest Laboratories have supplied sufficient information about this drug.

flowergirl
Hi Flowergirl,

My doctor received samples of this med. from the various Sales reps.and I'm sure incentives are being offered to prescribe this pill. My doctor suggested this new pill, though he feels I should stay with BISOPROLOL if all appears OK. He believes the best beta blocker (from a Cardiologist perspective) is TOPROL XL. He said TOPROL is the most researched, reliable and safest of the beta blockers. I wish I could agree.

What concerns me about BYSTOLIC while reading the PRESCRIBING information is the CARCINOGENIC AND MUTAGENIC section, which list several negative effects in rat and mice studies (at doses not to much higher than what is being prescribed) This concerns me. If you look at the BISOPROLOL prescribing information (It has an excellent profile) both hydrophilic and lipophilic, no carcinogenic effects all, Researched in 2 Major trials, no effects on lipids (possibly a small increase in triglycerides).

As most beta blockers are more similar than different, why switch (unless your having problems with your current beta blocker).

P.S. I also wonder about the drug being marketed by a Generic company and the manufacturing standards. The FDA found several violations at the overseas manufacturing plant prior to approval, which had to be corrected promptly. At least I know I can return to BISOPROLOL if I become aware of any other unexpected problems...