Beta Blockers (cont.)
Annette (Gbemudu) Ogbru, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.
In this Article
- What are beta blockers and how do they work?
- For what conditions are beta blockers used?
- Are there differences among beta blockers?
- What are the side effects of beta blockers?
- What are the drug interactions?
- What are some examples of beta blockers?
For what conditions are beta blockers used?
Beta blockers are used to manage a variety of conditions. They include, but are not limited to:
- cardiac arrhythmias,
- heart failure,
coronary artery disease risk,
- post heart attack (myocardial infarction),
pectoris due to coronary atherosclerosis, and
- hypertension (high blood pressure). (In the management of hypertension, it may be used alone or concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents, particularly thiazide diuretics).
Off-label uses of beta blockers include, but are not limited to:
- migraine headaches,
- generalized anxiety disorder,
- parkinsonian tremor, and
- atrial fibrillation.
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