Beta-Blockers: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:44 by admin
Beta-blockers are a family of drugs used to treat a variety of mainly heart-related conditions. Beta-blockers are generally prescribed to lower the heart's workload by "blocking" the heart's "beta" receptors. Beta-blockers can also treat miscellaneous other conditions such as tremors, migraine headaches, and glaucoma.

Beta-blockers can sometimes cause dangerously low heart rates, worsen respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema, and they may be associated with other conditions such as depression.

Two recent studies of Carvedilol and Bucindolol (both beta-blockers) found that they are not necessarily beneficial for all heart failure patients. Although the studies found that beta-blockers generally reduced the chance of death, patients who suffered from the most severe cases of heart failure only received marginal, if any, benefit from the medication.

Some common brands of beta-blockers prescribed in the United States include Betapace, Cartrol, Lopressor, Sectral and Visken.

See Also

  1. Heart Failure Drugs: Overview
  2. Asthma: Overview
  3. Bradycardia / Slow Heartbeat: Overview
  4. Depression: Overview
  5. Emphysema: Overview
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