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Betaxolol is a prescription beta blocker medication that is used for treating several conditions. The tablet form is approved to treat high blood pressure, while the eye drops are used for lowering eye pressure in people with glaucoma or high eye pressure. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with these products include nausea, fatigue, and a slow heart rate.

What Is Betaxolol?

Betaxolol hydrochloride (Betoptic®, Kerlone®) is a prescription medication. It comes in the form of tablets and eye drops. The tablets are used to treat high blood pressure, and the drops are used to treat high eye pressure or glaucoma.
(Click What Is Betaxolol Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, betaxolol may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects (most people actually tolerate it quite well). If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be 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:
  • Fatigue
  • A slow heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Temporary eye discomfort.
(Click Side Effects of Betaxolol to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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