Preventive Cardiology: Beta-blockers
Medication (name): Beta-blockers
- Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)
- Propranolol (Inderal)
- Atenolol (Tenoretic)
- Carvedilol (Coreg)
- Nadolol (Corgard)
- Labetalol (Trandate)
- Acebutolol (Sectral)
- High blood pressure
- Coronary artery disease (CAD), including angina (pain or discomfort in the chest), or history of heart attack
- Heart failure
- Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) such as atrial fibrillation
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Pheochromocytoma (rare tumor in the adrenal gland)
- Thyrotoxicosis (worsening of hyperthyroidism)
- Essential tremor
Mechanism for How It Works
Other Potential Concerns
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Cold hands and feet
- Weakness or dizziness
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of sex drive
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/
US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/splash/
Acebutolol. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated October 22, 2012. Accessed December 13, 2012.
Atenolol. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated November 6, 2012. Accessed December 13, 2012.
Beta blockers. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated January 2, 2012. Accessed December 13, 2012.
Cardiac Medications. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Cardiac-Medications%5FUCM%5F303937%5FArticle.jsp. Updated September 10, 2012. Accessed December 13, 2012.
2/11/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance: Salpeter S, Ormiston T, Salpeter E. Cardioselective beta-blockers for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011;(1):CD003566.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012 -
- Update Date: 12/13/2012 -