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Topic Title: Mitral Valve Prolapse question
Topic Summary: Toprol XL and pregnancy
Created On: 09/15/2006 04:09 PM
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 09/15/2006 04:09 PM
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Shannerson

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Howdy,

I know many here have MVP, me being one of them.  I am on Toprol XL.  We are going to be trying to conceive.  I asked my GP if it was okay to stay on the drug and she said there was no problem.  Anyone heard anything different?  Thanks.
 09/16/2006 11:36 PM
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Erin

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I dont know anything about potrol myself.   If you have a good pharmacist if might be helpful to run it by them.  or if you are really concerned get another opinion. Best of luck!!!
 09/17/2006 04:18 PM
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Sarah

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Shannerson

I do not remember discussing MVP before in the Raynauds Forum. Toprol is not a common drug that people use for Raynauds. You may not get any responses to this question.
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 09/17/2006 05:57 PM
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olebandit

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Shannerson,
Toprol is a beta blocker which is a drug class that is counterproductive for Raynaud's. That is why calcium channel blockers are used most commonly, at least initially, with Raynaud's patients. Toprol or any of the many beta blockers can actually worsen the effects of Raynaud's. They are prescribed commonly for HBP. MVP is a heart condition. It is not that uncommon of a problem, but finding people with Raynaud's on beta blockers is going to be a rarity I believe, if not a zero instance. If I had Raynaud's and my doctor had me on Toprol we would have to discuss it seriously. If you go to www.webmd.com and look up MVP, it is usually not required to have medicine for treatment, only regular check ups, unless you have some other problems like HBP, but not Raynaud's.

Robert

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I share information based on my years of experience with autoimmune disorders. Your doctor should be consulted when you are at risk for potentially serious problems. I am not a medical professional, just another patient with lots of experiences.
 09/17/2006 08:00 PM
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Shannerson

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I must have gotten the forums mixed up then, sorry. 

I have Raynauds and MVP.  On the MVP forum, many also have Raynauds.  It must not be the other way around.  I need to take Toprol to control chest pain.

Thanks.

 09/17/2006 09:13 PM
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olebandit

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Shannerson,
I don't know how serious of a Raynaud's case you have, but seriously, beta blockers are not good for Raynaud's. I would really discuss this with my doctor, preferably a Rheumatologist who is familiar with Raynaud's. Is a GP prescribing the Toprol? Can't imagine a Rheumatologist prescribing a beta blocker for a Raynaud's patient. There are lots of medications that will help with the chest pain other than a beta blocker. I am not a doctor and would not dare try to advise you what medication to take, but if you do some reading, you will find it plastered everywhere that beta blockers are bad for Raynaud's. Can actually make it worse. I hope you follow up so you do not have adverse effects from the Toprol with your Raynaud's.

Robert

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I share information based on my years of experience with autoimmune disorders. Your doctor should be consulted when you are at risk for potentially serious problems. I am not a medical professional, just another patient with lots of experiences.
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