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Beta-blockers

Beta-blockers are drugs commonly prescribed for heart problems, including:

Beta-blockers may also be used for:

How do beta-blockers work?

Beta-blockers are also called beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents and work by blocking the release of the hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline.

Beta-blockers slow down the heart and stop it beating too fast or forcefully.

The effect of this is less work for the heart, but it allows for more blood to be pumped with each heartbeat.

Beta-blocker side-effects

Side effects of beta-blocker treatment include:

Even if you experience side-effects, never stop taking beta-blockers without seeking medical advice.

Beta-blocker precautions

Seek medical advice if a dose is missed, or an extra dose taken by mistake.

Make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows about other medical conditions you have.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on September 09, 2016

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