What do beta-blockers do?
Beta-blockers have many complex actions on the body and are used in the management of many different diseases e.g. high blood pressure, angina, heart failure and after a heart attack. They slow down your heart rate, which means that your heart does not have to work as hard. This slowing down of the heart rate has many benefits, including:
How do I take them?
Beta-blockers usually cause no problems. Since they slow your heart you may be less able to manage strenuous physical activity. Some people feel tired when first starting beta-blockers, for many people the tiredness reduces within a few weeks. Less common side effects include cold hands/feet. A few men may get problems with erections.
If you think you have any side effects from this medicine be sure to mention them to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
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