Drug InteractionsBeta blockers can potentially interact with a number of other medications (for more information about the specific drug interactions for each individual beta blocker, see the specific drug within eMedTV).
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 (see Beta Blockers and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Beta Blockers and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Beta Blocker Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drugs.)