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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Beta Blockers

Read more about Beta Blockers.

Overview

Beta blockers are used for mild to moderate cases of congestive heart failure (CHF) and are often used in conjunction with other medications such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and digoxin. Ask your doctor if a beta-blocker is right for you.

Common beta blockers include:

  • Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Carvedilol (Coreg)
  • Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
  • Propranolol
  • Sotalol
  • Pindolol
  • Penbutolol
  • Acebutolol
  • Timolol
  • Nadolol
  • Betaxalol

Effect of Beta Blockers on Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Beta-blockers help treat congestive heart failure by slowing the heart rate and reducing blood pressure.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects of beta blockers include:

  • Unusual tiredness or weakness (fatigue)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow heart rate
  • Decreased sexual ability
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Trouble sleeping/nightmares
  • Breathing difficulty or asthma
  • Decreased ability to participate in strenuous physical activity

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