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metoprolol

10/17/2011

Question:

I have a left dome elevation ( diaphragmatic palsy ) which cause shirtness of breath My dr has advised me to stop atenolol 100 amd recommended metorpolol 100 I have lso Mild restriction/obstruction on PFT Is Metoprolol good cahnge

Answer:

Atenolol and metoprolol are both very good blood pressure medication options since you also have difficulty breathing. Metoprolol is not better than atenolol per say, but metoprolol is possibly a better option depending on other disease states or risk factors you may have.
 
The decision to switch medications can be very complicated and your physician knows more about your situation and other medical conditions, it is more appropriate to discuss the risks and benefits of any medication you might be taking with your physician.

References: Cazzola M, Matera MG Beta-blockers are safe in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but only with caution. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2008 Oct 1 [cited 11 Oct 2011];178(7):661-2. Available from: http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/full/178/7/661

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Ben Condra, PharmD Student

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Response by:

David Baker, PharmD, DABAT
Formerly, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University