Metoprolol is a type of beta-blocker that a doctor may prescribe for certain heart conditions. A person with asthma should consult a doctor before taking metoprolol, as there may be a higher risk of an asthma attack.
Asthma is a long-term lung condition that can cause inflammation and narrowing in the airways, making it difficult to breathe.
Asthma symptoms can include tightness in the chest, wheezing, and coughing. Certain things can trigger asthma symptoms, including pollen, pets, infections, stress, and various medications.
Metoprolol is a type of beta-blocker medication that doctors typically prescribe for angina, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and to recover from and reduce the risk of heart failure.
This article discusses whether taking metoprolol can lead to asthma or other respiratory conditions.
In rare cases, even if a person does not have a history of asthma, taking metoprolol can lead to:
If a person experiences any of these symptoms after taking metoprolol, it is highly advisable to call 911 immediately.
Metoprolol belongs to a group of medications called beta-blockers. It typically works by relaxing the blood vessels in the heart, which can slow heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and increase blood flow to the heart.
Metoprolol comes in extended-release and slow-release tablet forms, which a person will typically take orally. However, people can receive metoprolol via injection if they prefer.
- high blood pressure
- an irregular heartbeat
- recovery and prevention of a heart attack or heart failure
Studies suggest that people with asthma may be
If a person has asthma, one of the risks of taking beta-blockers is the increased risk of having an asthma attack.
Therefore, depending on the medical history of a person and the severity of their asthma, the benefits of taking metoprolol for a heart condition such as an irregular heartbeat may outweigh the risks.
There are several side effects for a person with asthma taking metoprolol. A person should always consult a doctor if they have asthma or a history of asthma before taking metoprolol.
Some side effects of metoprolol can include:
- difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
- dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or bloating
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- cold hands and feet
- swollen hands, feet, lower legs, and ankles
- skin rash or itching
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Asthma is a long-term lung condition that can cause tightening of the chest, difficulty breathing, and wheezing. This is due to inflammation in the airways.
Metoprolol is a type of beta-blocker medication that has FDA approval to treat heart conditions such as angina and an irregular heartbeat and to recover from and prevent a heart attack or heart failure.
Research suggests that if a person has asthma or a history of asthma, taking beta-blockers such as metoprolol
Side effects of a person with asthma taking metoprolol can include shortness of breath, wheezing, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and depression.
In rare cases, a person taking metoprolol without a history of asthma may experience side effects such as shortness of breath and wheezing.
A person with asthma or a history of asthma should always consult a doctor before taking metoprolol.