Beta Blockers Snapshot

Beta Blockers also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents

EXAMPLES

Atenolol (Tenormin)

Labetalol (Trandate)

Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)

Nadolol (Corgard)

Propanolol (Inderal)

COMBINATIONS

Metoprolol-HCTZ (diuretic)

INDICATIONS

Angina

Atrial fibrillation

Arrythmias

Heart failure

Hypertension

Migrane prophylaxis

Myocardial infarction, acute & post

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS

Bradycardia

Masking sx of hypoglycemia

Hypotension

Bronchodspasms

CONTRA/CAUTION

AV heart blocks 2nd/3rd

Sick sinus syndrome

Pheochromocytoma

Severe PVD, Raynauds

COPD/Asthma (caution)

Myasthenia gravis (caution)

2nd-3rd trimester pregnancy (caution)

NOTES:

Abrupt cessation should be avoided as may cause angina exacerbation, arrhythmia, myocardial infarction, etc. If needing to DC, should be tapered

REFERENCES:

1) Epocrates Drugs

2) http://cvpharmacology.com/cardioinhibitory/beta-blockers

3) Drugs.com

DISCLAIMER: This is a very general overview of this medication class. It is not all-inclusive. Note that there are other uses for different kinds of BB that work well for other conditions such as tremors, migranes, & glaucoma.

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