Beta-blockers reduce nerve impulses to the heart and blood vessels, so heart beat slower and with less force. Thus, lowers blood pressure and the heart work less hard.
Beta blockers medications
- Generic name: Timolol
- Coreg (generic name: Carvedilol)
- Corgard (generic name: Nadolol)
- Inderal (generic name: Propranolol)
- Inderal LA (generic name: Propranolol)
- Kerlone (generic name: Betaxolol)
- Levatol (generic name: Penbutolol)
- Lopressor (generic name: Metoprolol)
- Sectral (generic name: Acebutolol)
- Tenormin (generic name: Atenolol)
- Toprol XL (generic name: Metoprolol)
- Trandate (generic name: Labetalol)
- Visken (generic name: Pindolol)
- Zebeta (generic name: Bisoprolol)
Avoid Beta-Blockers, if
- Having slow heart rate, heart block/shock.
- Pregnant or nursing women should discuss with the doctor before using Beta-Blockers.
- Have had kidney or liver problems, asthma, diabetes, overactive thyroid, elderly should discuss with the doctor, regarding any specific risks of using Beta-Blockers.
Beta-Blockers side effects
Tiredness, stomach upset, headache, dizziness, constipation/diarrhea and lightheaded.
Beta-blockers Warning Signs
Consult doctor immediately if you are having chest pain, breathing problems, slow/irregular heartbeat, swelling in the hands, feet, or legs.