The Bermuda Doctors’ Association (BMDA) wishes to address a video which has circulated recently, regarding a commonly used medication. The video purports that a particular medication, Metoprolol, is dangerous and inappropriately prescribed, for patients undergoing dialysis treatments. This video is concerning, and the information is unfortunately, inaccurate.
Out of concern that patients on this medication would be vulnerable to medical misinformation, and that dedicated physicians might be scrutinized unjustly, we felt that it was important to respond.
Metoprolol is a commonly used medication with a long-time safety profile and is beneficial to many patients and safe to use. This includes patients with end-stage renal disease on dialysis treatments. There are many reasons why a patient’s medication regimen might be adjusted, and one medication substituted for another. This does not indicate that a former medication is necessarily harmful, contraindicated or improperly prescribed. We understand and empathize that medical interactions can often be complex and sometimes information given may be misunderstood.
We would like to encourage persons on medical therapy to discuss any concerns with your private physician.
We strongly recommend that the general public refrain from forwarding videos or statements regarding potential medical misinformation, to others without first discussing with their physician.
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