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What is your heart rate WITHOUT the 200 mg. metoprolol compared to WITH the drug?

With 200 mg. metoprolol for 7 years and 10 mg. Xanax for 10 years, I'm amazed you can MOVE. If you wean off these drugs be very careful because you can BET the withdrawal will be something for Ripley's. You are probably seriously addicted to the Xanax.
Start small; ask your doctor if he will countenance a drop to 100 mg. metoprolol and 5 mg. Xanax for several months and see where you stand.

How is your BP? Was it ever high before these drugs?

I think you are absolutely right in questioning the merit of taking these drugs in these dosages for a "lifetime."

I really think you are going to need to wean from the Xanax...first things first.
You may not be able to do it without some medical help...4 mg./day is HUGE!
D you think you can get away with only 2 big Xanax a day for a month or two...that would be a start...remember that low dose Xanax are .25 mg?

If you can stop or drastically lower the Xanax, then maybe you can work on the metoproprolol. MAybe even now you can get away with 50mg. x 2 of metoprolol, while you lower the Xanax.
With BOTH these drugs, if you hope to lower the dose or eliminate them, the changes must be made VERY gradually over a long time and expect to feel all KINDS of strange.
Monitor your BP daily and keep a log. Be cognizant of any tachycardia and note in in your log with your heartrate.

Expect a certain amount of anxiousness...try to work it off on an elliptical trainer or a treadmill. Running is very good to divert anxious energy.

You don't necessarily need to get to a drug-free life but LESS is definitely better.

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