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The common side effects of Metoprolol Succinate:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; dry mouth/eyes; gas; headache; heartburn; lightheadedness; mild drowsiness; muscle aches; nausea; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting

The severe side effects:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blue or unusually cold hands or feet; chest pain; fainting; hallucinations; mood or mental changes (eg, confusion, depression); pounding in the chest; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; swelling of the arms, hands, and feet; vision changes; wheezing; yellowing of the skin or eyes

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it funny, and somewhat ironic, that the side effects of the med I have been prescribed to treat my POTS are pretty much the symptoms of POTS (minus 2 or so of the severe side effects). I'm here trying to not laugh too hard, as I've been having chest pain today (and laughing makes it worse)... Kind of absurd, too, I would say. I guess that I've been so miserable the past few days, I have to find something to laugh at.

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I know right???? I hate the side effects to the meds. Half the time I dont know what makes me feel worse. The POTS symptoms, or the dang side effects.


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You have to remember that these are being used "off label" for us! We are not the "normal" patient. Many of us have paradoxical reactions to drugs (i.e. Benadryl will wire us, or not make us sleepy.) This is one of the reasons that we are so hard to treat. Many of us are on drugs to both increase and lower our BP! I guess in our case, if we see no improvement in our screwed up system, or our symptoms are worse, that is not a drug we use. Very often, we take these meds in such small doses that doctors say that they cannot possibly do anything in our systems....don't believe that one! Until we get a more targeted therapy at the actual mechanisms of our dysfunction, we have to settle for using what works for other conditions.

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