Beta blockers are not often a first-choice medicine for treating high blood pressure. But they may be a good choice for people who also have a heart condition. This is especially true for people who’ve had a heart attack or heart failure.


Metoprolol is a type of beta blocker. In 2016, it was the 6th most prescribed medicine in the US. It was prescribed 88 million times that year. Studies show the use of beta blockers is growing every year. Atenolol and carvedilol are the next most commonly used beta blockers.


It is very important to control your blood pressure. Sometimes, taking one medicine may not be enough. Your doctor may suggest that you also take beta blockers to meet your blood pressure goals.


Beta blockers—not the first choice, but can add a helping hand to some people.