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Treatment with Beta Blockers (cont.)

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What are the side effects of beta blockers?

Drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, and weakness are the most common side effects reported by patients who take beta blockers. Other side effects that may occur are dry mouth and eyes, dry skin, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and feelings of coldness in the hands and feet. Less commonly, a decreased sex drive, shortness of breath, and sleep disturbances have been reported. Beta blockers are typically not prescribed for people suffering from asthma due to their potential for triggering an asthma attack. In people with diabetes, they can sometimes mask the symptoms of low blood sugar levels.

REFERENCE: Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2011.

Last Editorial Review: 9/10/2013

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