For the past two weeks we have been considering those food-medication interactions which may cause weight gain, but there are also many medicines which suppress the appetite and cause anorexia and weight loss. I thought long and hard about including this aspect of food-drug interactions, because I did not want to impart information that can be misused in any way. An appeal to readers Please do not misinterpret the information in this article. It is intended for those patients who are being treated with the listed medications, who suffer from a suppressed appetite and weight loss. It is not meant for those members of the public who want or need to lose weight no matter how desperate you are. The list does include one or two medications that are used specifically for weight loss purposes, but you should under no circumstances try to obtain any of the other so-called anorexic medicines for slimming purposes. Many of these medications, such as the anticancer drugs, can cause severe side-effects and need to be taken under the supervision of a physician. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Blood pressure drugs known as beta-blockers could be helping to fuel the obesity epidemic, by dampening the body’s ability to burn calories and fat over the long term, researchers say in a new report. Weight gain is a known side effect of beta blockers, particularly older ones such as atenolol (Tenormin) and metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL). Newer versions, like carvedilol (Coreg), appear to carry less risk of added pounds. Beta-blockers are not the only medications that promote weight gain. Antidepressants, corticosteroids and some diabetes medications are among the other culprits. But with the growing problem of obesity worldwide, researchers are starting to look into the role that medications could be playing — along with the usual suspects of poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. In the new study, Australian researchers found that among more than 11,400 adults with high blood pressure and/or diabetes, those on beta-blockers weighed more, on average, and had larger waistlines.
Metoprolol is a beta blocker used in the management of hypertension and chronic angina pectoris, or chest pain. The medication may be used alone or in conjunction with other medications. Because obesity and hypertension often occur concomitantly, metoprolol may be part of the treatment regimen. The "International Journal of Obesity" published a study about the effects of a low dose of metoprolol in conjunction with the appetite suppressant medication sibutramine in its Jan. Sibutramine possesses potential side effects of heart palpitations and hypertension, which can affect patient compliance with taking the medication. The purpose of the study was to determine metoprolol's ability to prevent these side effects. The study's conclusion was that not only did the the low dose of metoprolol diminish the side effects of sibutramine, but it also did not negatively effect the study subjects' metabolism. Sheps states that the weight gain usually happens during the first week of metoprolol therapy. Consumer Medicine Information This leaflet answers some common questions about Metoprolol Sandoz®. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you taking this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you. This medicine is used to treat: It contains the active ingredient metoprolol tartrate. If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Metoprolol Sandoz® belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. It works by affecting the body's response to some nerve impulses, especially in the heart. As a result, it decreases the heart's need for blood and oxygen and therefore reduces the amount of work the heart has to do. It also widens the blood vessels in the body, causing blood pressure to fall. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Metoprolol answers are found in the Davis's Drug Guide powered by Unbound. rales/crackles, weight gain, peripheral edema, jugular venous distention. Toprol XL metoprolol is a beta-blocker prescribed for treating high blood. shortness of breath even with mild exertion, swelling, rapid weight gain; or; cold.