what to input when a prescriber just writes "metoprolol" on an Rx

Questions often come up about what to input when a prescriber just writes "metoprolol" on an Rx.

Metoprolol is available in two different forms...metoprolol succinate that's extended-release (Toprol-XL, etc) and metoprolol tartrate that's immediate-release (Lopressor, etc).

Toprol-XL is usually given once daily...and Lopressor is usually best given 2 or 3 times/day for high blood pressure.

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