Posted 3/27/2013 10:13 AM (GMT -6)
Good Morning Morgan,
A slow taper is the most beneficial way to stop taking these medications. When tapering off, everyone reacts/responds differently, and some people can taper quickly, while others need more time.
Studies have shown a better response when the medication can be cut in half daily, rather than skipping days. However, if you take a slow release beta-blocker, it should not be cut, unless it has a line down the middle of the tablet.
Your doctor will know the best way for you to stop taking the medication. However, if the taper is too fast, and your blood pressure goes up, you can ask your doctor if you can go back up in dose for awhile at each decrease or adjustment. If you do need a temporary increase, that amount can be done every other day, instead of every day, but as stated above, your doctor will have a preferred way to have you follow. There are different ways to taper, and it also depends on how your body reacts to the taper. Do not stop your beta blocker without consulting your doctor.
Good luck in weaning from this beta blocker.
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