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Can Metoprolol cause mood swings, depression and difficulty making decision?

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Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I recently changed from Atenolol 100mg taken daily to Metoprolol Succ Er 100mg daily. I am experiencing difficulty making decisions, mood swings and depression. By depression I mean I am not finding XXXXXXX in the usual things I enjoy doing, such as hobbies. Christmas is a favorite holiday, I am not getting excited about Christmas and am having difficulty finishing making holiday gifts. My finances, living arrangement or family relationships have not changed. I am retired and have no work related stress. I was excited about selling my home and have selected a new home weeks ago. Now I am feeling very negative about this move although nothing has changed except for the change in my high blood pressure medication.
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Brief Answer:
Metoprolol succinate is documented to cause depression

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma'am, I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns

Please note that Metoprolol is documented to cause psychological side effects, where the most common psychological side effect occurring in 1% to 10% of patients using it is depression.

Insomnia and nightmare were reported to occur in 0.1 to 1% of patients using it, while Nervousness, anxiety, Confusion, hallucination, personality disorder, disturbances of libido rarely occur in less than 0.1% of patients using it.

Please discuss these with your doctor.

I hope you find this helpful...

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