What Is Metoprolol Succinate Used For?
Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. It does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working; it means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way that it should.
For people with congestive heart failure, metoprolol succinate decreases blood pressure and makes the heart more efficient, which allows more blood to be pumped from the heart. These effects of cause decreased hospitalizations and loss of life from heart failure. This data comes from clinical studies in which metoprolol succinate was used with other congestive heart failure medications, including ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and digoxin (Digitek®, Lanoxin®, Lanoxicap®).
Is Metoprolol Succinate Used in Children?Metoprolol succinate has been studied for treating high blood pressure in children as young as six years old; it has not been adequately studied in children younger than six or for other uses. However, healthcare providers may prescribe the medication off-label to treat children with certain conditions. For example, metoprolol succinate may be used in children with Marfan syndrome to slow down the progression of aortic dilation (widening of the aorta).
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend metoprolol succinate for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label metoprolol succinate uses include:
- Improving survival after a heart attack
- Treatment of arrhythmias (abnormal electrical activity in the heart)
- Treatment of hyperthyroidism
- Migraine prevention
- Relief of alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Treatment of anxiety, including social phobia and performance anxiety.