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Beta Blockers

When and How to Take Beta Blockers

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Beta blockers come in several different forms, such as tablets, capsules, long-acting tablets or capsules, eye drops, and IV injections.
  • Depending on the particular beta blocker and the particular use, they are usually taken one to three times a day.
  • For most beta blockers, it does not matter if you take them with a meal or on an empty stomach (although a few beta blockers should be taken with a meal).
  • For these medications to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed. They will not work if you stop taking them.
  • In general, these medications should not suddenly be stopped, as serious problems (including heart attacks) may result.

Dosing Information

The dose your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The particular beta blocker
  • The medical condition being treated
  • How you respond to the medication
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Beta Blocker Side Effects

As with any medicine, beta blockers may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drugs will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate them quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
(Click Beta Blocker Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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