Beta Blocker Warnings and Precautions
Before starting treatment, the warnings and precautions for your beta blocker should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider to help ensure a safe and effective treatment process. For example, you may not be able to safely use beta blockers if you have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease, asthma, or hypothyroidism. In some cases, beta blockers can make some of these conditions worse and may lead to serious or potentially life-threatening complications.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Beta Blockers?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking a beta blocker if you have:
- Heart failure
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Heart block
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- An upcoming surgery
- Myasthenia gravis
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.