Q. I’ve been sleepwalking and having really bad dreams for two years. It finally hit me that this all started soon after I started taking Toprol. Have others had such problems?
A. Toprol (metoprolol) and other beta blockers (atenolol, propranolol) can cause nightmares and disturbed sleep for some people.
Other side effects from these drugs include:
• Fatigue, tiredness, depression
• Dizziness, lightheadedness
• Itchy skin rash
• Difficulty breathing, asthma
• Slow heart rate
• Cold hands or feet
• Sensitivity to sunlight, sunburn
• Heart block (a problem with the rhythm)
• Blood disorders
Other people have also faced this problem. JP says: “Metoprolol for high blood pressure caused such nightmares, such vivid dreams and finally, sleepwalking! I talked to the doctor and I now take this same medication in the morning instead of at bedtime. That might help some people.”