Beta Blocker Side Effects
Side Effects to ReportThere are a number of possible beta blocker side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
- Lightheadedness or fainting, which can be a sign of dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension)
- A very slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Chest pain
- Worsening of asthma
- Signs of heart failure, such as rapid weight gain, swelling of the hands and feet, and shortness of breath
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
It should be noted that stopping a beta blocker too quickly can cause problems, including serious problems such as heart attacks.
Other Possible Beta Blocker Side EffectsA few other side effects that seem to be associated with many beta blockers include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual problems (see Beta Blocker Sexual Side Effects)
- High cholesterol or high triglycerides
- Masking of the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (as might happen with diabetes)
- Exercise intolerance.
Final ThoughtsIt is possible that you may experience some or none of the beta blocker side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking a beta blocker or if you experience something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a beta blocker side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.