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Beta Blocker Use in Children or Teens

Most beta blockers are not approved for use in children, as they have not been adequately studied in children. However, this does not mean that children cannot take beta blockers (or that a healthcare provider cannot prescribe a beta blocker for a child). Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using beta blockers in children.

Off-Label Beta Blocker Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend a beta blocker for something other than the approved uses. Sometimes, beta blockers are used off-label for the following uses:
  • Relief of alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Prevention of bleeding in the esophagus or stomach in people with cirrhosis of the liver
  • Treatment of anxiety, including social phobia and performance anxiety
  • Treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis).
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