Beta Blockers

Atenolol, Bisoprolol, Carvedilol, Propranolol and Metoprolol belong to a group of medicine which are used to treat high blood pressure or heart conditions known as beta blockers.


​What is this medication used for? 

Beta blockers are used to control high blood pressure and treat certain heart conditions such as irregular heartbeats and heart attack. Some beta blockers are also used to manage migraine and some thyroid conditions.

Dosage and How to Use

  • Do not stop taking your medicines without checking with your doctors. 
  • If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.​​

​​Side Effects, Precautio​​​ns, Contraindication​​

What are the possible side effects of the me​​dicines?

You may experience tiredness, dizziness, numbness or tingling of fingers and toes. Some men may experience a certain degree of impotence.

Warning: Low White Blood Cell Levels (Propranolol)

Very rarely, this medicine may cause the number of white blood cells in your body to be low. This increases your chance of getting an infection. Stop this medicine and see a doctor immediately if you have any signs of an infection such as fever, chills, bad sore throat, pain when you pass urine or have mouth sores or wounds that do not heal.

This side effect has a very low chance of occurring. Most patients take this medicine with no problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding your medicines.

How do I know if I am​ allergic to these medicines?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
  • Swollen face/eyes/lips 
  • Difficulty in breathing 
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

What precautions should I follow when tak​ing the medicines?

  • If you have a history of asthma, you should inform your doctor because the medicine may cause an asthma attack. 
  • If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should also consult your doctor before using this medicine.​

Handling and S​​torage

  • Keep your medicines in the original container or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in a cool and dry place. 
  • Keep the medicine out of reach of children. 
  • Throw away all expired medicines.


This article answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.




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