West Suffolk Diabetes Service
Drugs and New Products
Drugs for Blood Pressure
ACE-inhibitors (information to be supplied)
AT1 receptor blockers (information to be supplied)
Calcium antagonists (information to be supplied)
What are beta-blockers?
These drugs block the action of adrenaline and stop it from stimulating special receptors in the body known as beta-receptors. They are used to treat high blood pressure, angina and abnormal rhythms of the heart.
What are the common preparations?
Commonly used beta-blockers include Atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, nadolol and sotalol.
What are the side effects?
- feeling tired and run down
- cold hands and cold feet
- nightmares (with some preparations)
- erectile dysfunction
- excessive slowing of the pulse
Who should not take beta-blockers?
- People with asthma (wheezing)
- People with circulatory problems (peripheral vascular disease)
What precautions should be taken?
- certain drugs may increase the effects of beta-blockers e.g. may cause excessive slowing of the heart
- you should not stop these tablets abruptly -this can be dangerous, especially if you have angina. Always renew your prescription early and do not discontinue without discussion with your doctor
Dr. Nishan Wijenaike, Consultant Physician
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