Beta blockers, also referred as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medicines used to reduce the blood pressure. The Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine or commonly known as adrenaline. When a patient is advised to take beta blockers, the heart beats will be slower than normal people and with less force, thereby it reduces blood pressure. Beta blockers have a lot of side effects and some of them are mentioned below –
- If the beta blocker is used for long term, the heart rate becomes bradicardiac which means low heart rate.
- Using beta blocker causes dizziness and mental fatigue.
- If the patient is using the beta blocker and he is a diabetic, he would eventually become hypoglycaemic; most patients do not understand this adverse effect of beta blockers.
- If the patient’s blood sugar level becomes too low, the body will show adverse symptoms aggressively while using the beta blocker.
- A beta blocker is known to cause frequent erectile dysfunction in men.
- Beta blocker also causes nausea and vomiting.
Only some of the common and worst side effects of beta blockers are mentioned above. Even then, it is a very important drug for the management of cardiovascular diseases.