Beta-blockers - Side effects 

Side effects of beta-blockers 

Reporting side effects

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine you are taking. It is run by a medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). See the Yellow Card Scheme website for more information.

It is more common to experience side effects while taking beta-blockers when you start taking a new medicine, or if your dose is increased.

Contact your GP if the side effects are affecting your life or do not get better over time as your doctor may wish to review your dose or medication.

Common side effects of beta-blockers include:

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

Less common side effects include:

Driving while taking beta-blockers

Beta-blockers are unlikely to affect your ability to drive safely.

However, some people may sometimes feel dizzy or mentally or physically tired when taking beta-blockers. Do not drive if you have these side effects.


Page last reviewed: 03/04/2012

Next review due: 03/04/2014

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