What is Beta Blockers?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Beta blockers (sometimes written as β-blocker) are a class of drugs used for various indications, but particularly for the management of cardiac arrhythmias, cardioprotection after myocardial infarction (heart attack), and hypertension.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Heart arrhythmias 9 2
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 4 3
Anxious mood 2 4
Heart palpitations 2 2
Anxiety attacks 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Beta Blockers

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 1
Anxiety attacks 1
Asthma 1
Chest pain 1
Exhaustion 1
Fatigue 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Beta Blockers

Dosage Patients
1tablet(s) as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Beta Blockers

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 6 patients who've stopped taking Beta Blockers

Duration

Currently taking Beta Blockers

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Beta Blockers

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Beta Blockers

May 23, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: I was getting 'fake' heart attacks from anxiety. Beta blockers are a life saver. For me there are no side effects that often accompany drugs which makes it great. But more than that it just stops the anxiety in its tracks within minutes and allows me to continue functioning as normal and not being a 'victim' of my anxiety.

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