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Old 03-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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How do you stop spikes in blood pressure when stopping Metoprolol and Norvase?

I am about to begin withdrawal of 50mg Metoprolol after 5 years addiction to it for blood pressure only. No heart issues. It has been used with 5mg Norvase - Calcium Channel Blocker. PCP's instructions are to:
1. Stop the Norvase for 20 days to see if BP spikes. If not then proceed to:
2. Reduce the Metoprolol from 50mg twice a day to 25mg twice a day for one week.
3. Then to 1/2 of a 25mg tab twice a day for one week.
There was the expectation that there could or would be BP spikes.
WHY?
I thought the reason for gradual withdrawal was to prevent spikes.
Please help me understand what's missing here.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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Since you have such specific instructions from your PCP, shouldn't you be addressing your concerns to him/her?

I know that we need to be weaned from many meds, but I'm not sure what the reasons are. Doctors know.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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I agree with Leo. If you want more background, try to find a reputable medical website to get an understanding of the issues so your doctor's answers make more sense to you.

good luck
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