Beta blockers are a type of medication used to slow down the heart and lower blood pressure. These medications help reduce the amount of work the heart has to perform.
Sometimes when patients initially start taking beta blockers, they may feel a little worse than they did before because their body is still adjusting to the medication. Once your body gets used to the beta blocker these medicines can help improve your heart's function.
If your doctor prescribes a beta blocker, make sure to be patient and give it some time to start working. However, it is important to communicate with your doctor how you are feeling while on a beta blocker so any necessary adjustments to your medication regimen can be made if needed.
Examples of beta blockers:
- Carvedilol (Coreg)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)
- Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
Beta blocker side effects may include: feeling overly tired, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, swelling of the face, lips, or throat. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.