"What are beta blockers?
The class of drugs called beta blockers were given their name because this class of medications counteracts the stimulatory effects of epinephrine (adrenaline) on the so-called beta-adrenergic receptors found"...
Patients, especially those with evidence of coronary artery disease, should be warned against interruption or discontinuation of Sectral (acebutolol) therapy without a physician's supervision. Although cardiac failure rarely occurs in properly selected patients, those being treated with β-adrenergic blocking agents should be advised to consult a physician if they develop signs or symptoms suggestive of impending CHF, or unexplained respiratory symptoms.
Patients should also be warned of possible severe hypertensive reactions from concomitant use of a-adrenergic stimulants, such as the nasal decongestants commonly used in OTC cold preparations and nasal drops.
Last reviewed on RxList: 9/19/2007
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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