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Beta Blockers


  • ​​​Lowers blood pressure.
  • Reduces the chance of another heart attack or experiencing angina (chest pain).
  • Slows heart rate.


  • ​Lowers blood pressure and makes the heart beat more slowly and with less force.

​Potential Side Effects

  • ​slow heart rate
  • low blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • worsening of asthma symptoms
  • masks signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • depression
  • sleep disturbance (nightmares)
  • sexual dysfunction (impotence)
  • lack of energy

​Common Names

  • ​Atenolol (Tenormin®)
  • Labetolol (Trandate®, Normodyne®)
  • Sotalol (Betapace®, Sotacor®)
  • Bisoprolol (Monocor®)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor Betaloc®, Toprol XL®)
  • Carvedilol (Coreg®)
  • Acebutolol (Monitan®, Sectral®)
  • Timolol (Blocadren®)
  • Carteolol (Cartrol®)
  • Nadolol (Corgard®)
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