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Beta Blockers Side Effects

Beta Blockers Side Effects

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Beta blockers are medications used for treating different types of conditions, including conditions like high blood pressure, heart failure, angina, myocardial infarction (heart attack), some abnormal heart rhythms, over active thyroid symptoms, anxiety, migraine and glaucoma.

If you are prescribed Beta-Blockers medicine, the side effects of taking the drug is something you have to take into consideration. It is usually more common for people to experience beta-blocker side effects if they start taking a new medicine or if the doctor prescribes their dosage to be increased. However, many people who are prescribed and who take beta blockers will not have any side effects.

Beta-blockers are not usually used or prescribed to people who suffer from asthma because there are concerns that that beta-blocker medication can trigger severe asthma attacks, so because of these concerns beta-blockers are not used in people affected with asthma.

For people with diabetes, it is extremely important to monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis. This is because beta-blockers may block the signs of low blood sugar, for example, a rapid heat beat.

Beta-blockers might also affect your triglyceride and cholesterol levels. This may cause a modest decrease in high-density lipoprotein and a minor increase in triglyceride’s, the ”good” cholesterol. Do not worry too much because these changes are usually brief, so you shouldn’t all of a sudden stop taking beta-blockers. If you do so, it could increase the risk of heart problems, such as a heat attack.





The more common side effects of beta-blockers include things such as:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Fatigue

The less common side effects include things such as:

  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of sex drive

Other side effects can include:

  • Wheezing
  • Indigestion
  • Visual disturbances
  • Skin rashes
  • Dry eyes

If you think these side effects are affecting you and your life in a bad way, or you don’t believe you’re getting better over time, contact your doctor to see if they would like to change your dosage and prescription.