(Betaloc®, Metoprolol tartrate)
Available as tablets or capsules.
Available as soluble tablets?
Available as a liquid?
Yes - unlicensed
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
Available as something for placing on your gum?
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
Available as an injection?
Available as nasal/oral spray?
Safe or appropriate to crush
Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest that it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this an unlicensed use of the medication. Modified release products should not be crushed.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Usual formulation brand names
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Yes - some
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Special - oral solution, oral suspension
Are specials or imports available?
On Specials Tariff
12.5mg/5ml, 50mg/5ml - special
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Yes - check with manufacturer
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes. Do not crush/disperse the modified-release tablets.
Extemporaneous preparation available for oral suspension.