Systematic (IUPAC) name
Clinical data
AHFS/ monograph
MedlinePlus a682864
Licence data US FDA:link
Pregnancy cat. C(AU) C(US)
Legal status Prescription only
Routes Oral, IV
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 12%
Metabolism Hepatic via CYP2D6, CYP3A4
Half-life 3-7 hours
Excretion Renal
CAS number 51384-51-1 YesY
ATC code C07AB02
PubChem CID 4171
IUPHAR ligand 553
DrugBank APRD00208
ChemSpider 4027 YesY
KEGG D02358 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C15H25NO3 
Mol. mass 267.364 g/mol
SMILES eMolecules & PubChem
Physical data
Melt. point 120 °C (248 °F)
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Metoprolol (play /mɛˈtprlɑːl/) is a selective β1 receptor blocker used in treatment of several diseases of the cardiovascular system, especially hypertension. The active substance metoprolol is employed either as metoprolol succinate or metoprolol tartrate (where 100 mg metoprolol tartrate corresponds to 95 mg metoprolol succinate). The tartrate is an immediate-release and the succinate is an extended-release formulation[1] .


Medical uses

Metoprolol is used for a number of conditions including: hypertension, angina, acute myocardial infarction, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, congestive heart failure, and prevention of migraine headaches.[2]

Due to its selectivity in blocking the beta1 receptors in the heart, metoprolol is also prescribed for off-label use in performance anxiety, social anxiety disorder, and other anxiety disorders.


Metoprolol undergoes a-hydroxylation and O-demethylation as a substrate of the cytochrome liver enzymes CYP2D6 [5] and a small percentage by CYP3A4.

Adverse effects

Side effects, especially with higher dosages, include the following: dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea, unusual dreams, ataxia, trouble sleeping, depression, and vision problems. It may also reduce blood flow to the hands and feet, causing them to feel numb and cold; smoking may worsen this effect.[6]

Serious side effects which are advised to be reported immediately include, but are not limited to, symptoms of bradycardia (a very slow heartbeat (less than 50 bpm)), persistent symptoms of dizziness, fainting and unusual fatigue, bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes, numbness/tingling/swelling of the hands or feet, sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction (impotence), hair loss, mental/mood changes, depression, trouble breathing, cough, dyslipidemia, and increased thirst. Other highly unlikely symptoms include easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever, yellowing skin or eyes, stomach pain, dark urine, and persistent nausea. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, and severe dizziness. Taking it with alcohol might cause mild body rashes and therefore is not recommended.[6]


Metoprolol may worsen the symptoms of heart failure in some patients, who may experience chest pain or discomfort; dilated neck veins; extreme fatigue; irregular breathing; an irregular heartbeat; shortness of breath; swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs; weight gain; or wheezing.[7]

This medicine may cause changes in blood sugar levels or cover up signs of low blood sugar, such as a rapid pulse rate.[7]

This medicine may cause some people to become less alert than they are normally, making it dangerous for them to drive, use machines, or do other things.[7]


Excessive doses of metoprolol can cause severe hypotension, bradycardia, metabolic acidosis, seizures and cardiorespiratory arrest. Blood or plasma concentrations may be measured to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning in hospitalized patients or to assist in a medicolegal death investigation. Plasma levels are usually less than 200 μg/L during therapeutic administration, but can range from 1-20 mg/L in overdose victims.[8][9][10]

Physical properties

Metoprolol has a very low melting point, around 45 °C (113 °F). Because of this metoprolol is always manufactured in a salt-based solution, as drugs with melting points below 100 °C are difficult to work with in a manufacturing environment. The free base exists as a waxy white solid, and the tartrate salt is finer crystalline material.(Metox-Wockhardt)


  • Selective
  • Moderately lipophilic
  • Without intrinsic sympathomimetic activity (ISA)
  • With weak membrane stabilizing activity
  • Short half-life, therefore must be taken at least twice daily or as a slow-release preparation
  • Decreases heart rate, contractility and cardiac output, therefore decreasing blood pressure
  • Metabolized in the liver to inactive metabolite


Metoprolol, 1-(iso-propylamino)-3-[4′(2-methoxyethyl)phenoxy]-2-propanol, is synthesized by reacting 4-(2-methoxyethyl)phenol with epichlorohydrin in the presence of a base, isolating 1,2-epoxy-3-[4′(2-methoxyethyl)phenoxy]propane, the subsequent reaction with isopropylamine, gives an opening of the epoxide ring and leads to the formation of metoprolol.

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  • P.A.E. Carlsson, S.A.I. Carlsson, H.R. Corrodi, L.Ek, B.A.H. Ablad, A.E. Brandstrom, U.S. Patent 3,873,600 (1975).
  • A.E. Brandstrom, P.A.E. Carlsson, S.A.I. Carlsson, H.R. Corrodi, L.Ek, DE 2106209 


Brand names

Toprol XL 50 mg

It is marketed under the brand name Lopressor by Novartis, and Toprol-XL (in the USA); Selokeen (in the Netherlands); as Minax by Alphapharm (in Australia), Metrol by Arrow Pharmaceuticals (in Australia), as Betaloc by AstraZeneca, as Bloxan by Krka (company) (in Slovenia), as Neobloc by Unipharm (in Israel), Presolol by Hemofarm (in Serbia) and as Corvitol by Berlin-Chemie AG (in Germany). In India, this drug is available under the brand names of Metxl, Metolar and Starpress. A number of generic products are available as well.


  1. ^ Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter 25 (250302). 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Metoprolol". The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Effect of metoprolol CR/XL in chronic heart failure: Metoprolol CR/XL Randomised Intervention Trial in Congestive Heart Failure (MERIT-HF)". Lancet 353 (9169): 2001–7. June 12 1999. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(99)04440-2. PMID 10376614. 
  4. ^ Zhang Q, Jin H, Wang L, Chen J, Tang C, Du J (April 2008). "Randomized comparison of metoprolol versus conventional treatment in preventing recurrence of vasovagal syncope in children and adolescents". Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 14 (4): CR199–203. PMID 18376348. 
  5. ^ Clin Pharmacokinet. 2005;44(10):1067-81. Pharmacokinetic drug interactions of gefitinib with rifampicin, itraconazole and metoprolol. Swaisland HC, Ranson M, Smith RP, Leadbetter J, Laight A, McKillop D, Wild MJ.
  6. ^ a b Metoprolol,
  7. ^ a b c Drug Information Metoprolol Precautions
  8. ^ Page C, Hacket LP, Isbister GK. The use of high-dose insulin-glucose euglycemia in beta-blocker overdose: a case report. J. Med. Tox. 5: 139-143, 2009.
  9. ^ Albers S, Elshoff JP, Völker C, Richter A, Läer S. HPLC quantification of metoprolol with solid-phase extraction for the drug monitoring of pediatric patients. Biomed. Chromatogr. 19: 202-207, 2005.
  10. ^ R. Baselt, Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man, 8th edition, Biomedical Publications, Foster City, CA, 2008, pp. 1023-1025.

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