Uses forbeta-blockers

Beta-blockersmay be used to treat:

  • angina chest pain caused by narrowing of the arteries supplying the heart
  • heart failure failure of the heart to pump enough blood around the body
  • atrial fibrillation irregular heartbeat
  • heart attack an emergency wherethe blood supply to the heart is suddenly blocked
  • high blood pressure when other medicines have been tried, or in addition to other medicines

Less commonly, beta-blockers are used to prevent migraine or treat:

  • an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • anxiety conditions
  • tremor
  • glaucoma as eye drops

There are several types of beta-blocker, and each one has its own characteristics. The type prescribed for you will depend on your condition.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018