Beta-blockers (beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents) work mainly bydecreasing the activity of the heart by blocking the action of hormones like adrenaline.
Beta-blockers are prescription-only medicines (POMS) , which means they can only be prescribed by a GP or another suitably qualified healthcare professional.
Examples of commonly used beta-blockers include:
This topic covers:
Who can take beta-blockers
Interactions with other medicines
Missed or extra doses
Read about beta-blockers (beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents medications) used to treat conditions such as angina, heart failure and high blood pressure.
Beta-blockersmay be used to treat: angina chest pain caused by narrowing of the arteries supplying the heart heart failure failure of the heart to pump enough blood around the body atrial fibri
Before taking beta-blockers, make sure your doctor is aware of any other conditions you have,as they may not be suitable to use. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have a history of: asthma or
Beta-blockers, including beta-blocker eye drops, can interact with other medicines, altering the effects of one of the medicines. Read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicineto
Most people taking beta-blockers have either no or very mild side effects that become less troublesome with time. Contact your GP ifyou're experiencing symptoms that affect your everyday life. They c
Contact your GP or call NHS 111if you accidentally take one or more extra doses of beta-blockers. They'll be able to advise you about what to do. Most beta-blockers are taken once a day, apart from c