Side effects of beta-blockers

Most people taking beta-blockers have either no or very mild side effects that become less troublesome with time.

Contact your GP ifyou're experiencing symptoms that affect your everyday life. They can discuss whether the symptoms are a result of the medication and what to do.

Don't drive if you feel dizzy, tired, or yourvision is affected.

Symptoms commonly reportedboth by people taking beta-blockers and those taking a dummymedication(placebo) include:

  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • blurred vision
  • cold hands and feet
  • slow heartbeat
  • diarrhoea and nausea

Less common symptoms include:

  • sleep disturbance (insomnia)
  • loss of sexdrive(libido)
  • depression
  • problems getting or maintaining an erection (impotence)

If you feel unwell after takingbeta-blockers or have concerns, speak to your GP or pharmacist, or call NHS 111 .

You can also report suspected side effects usingthe Yellow Card Scheme .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018