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Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine.
The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Here are some examples of beta-blockers. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.
This is not a complete list of beta-blockers.
Beta-blockers are used for many heart and blood vessel problems. They relax blood vessels and make your heart beat more slowly and with less force. They lower blood pressure.
Beta-blockers may be used if you have:
Beta-blockers are also used for other health problems that are not related to the heart. These problems include migraine headaches.
Beta-blockers may help you feel better and live longer.
Some people feel tired, dizzy, or lightheaded when they take beta-blockers. Beta-blockers can also make asthma worse. In some people, heart rate or blood pressure can drop too low. If the medicine is stopped suddenly, a heart attack or dangerous heart rhythm may happen.
All medicines can cause side effects. Many people don't have side effects. And minor side effects sometimes go away after a while.
But sometimes side effects can be a problem or can be serious.
If you're having problems with side effects, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to lower your dose or change to a different medicine.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of side effects, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Cautions for beta-blockers include the following:
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. That information will help prevent serious problems.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of warnings, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Current as of:
January 10, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Current as of: January 10, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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