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Heart Failure and Beta-Blockers

What Are the Side Effects of Beta-Blockers?

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness. This side effect may be strongest when you get out of bed or rise from a chair. Get up more slowly. Contact your doctor or nurse if these symptoms persist or are severe.
  • Tiredness, cold hands and feet, headache, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, heartburn, diarrhea or constipation, gas. Contact your doctor or nurse if these symptoms are persistent or severe.
  • Sudden weight gain. Weight gain is common as your doctor increases your medication dose. Call your doctor if you gain three or more pounds in one day or if you continue to gain weight for more than two days.
  • Increased shortness of breath; wheezing; difficulty breathing; skin rash; slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat; swelling of feet and lower legs; chest pain. Contact your doctor or nurse right away.
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea. If you have severe vomiting or diarrhea, you may become dehydrated, which can lead to low blood pressure. Contact your doctor or nurse.

Also contact your doctor or nurse if you have any other symptoms that cause concern.

Should I Avoid Certains Drugs While Taking Beta-Blockers?

A beta-blocker is often prescribed with a diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). If you have side effects after taking your medications together, contact your doctor or nurse. You may need to change the times you are taking each drug.

It is important that your doctor is aware of all the medications you are taking, as some may have the potential to interact with beta-blockers. Talk to your doctor before taking any new drug, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and supplements.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Thomas M. Maddox, MD on June 10, 2012
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