Heart & Blood Conditions

Expert reports about Heart & Blood Conditions


THE SAFETY OF BETA-BLOCKERS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: Beta-blockers taken during pregnancy can cause your baby to be born smaller than normal and with low blood sugar or low heart rate. These medications may also increase the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

 

What are beta-blockers?

Beta-blockers are medications that relieve strain on your heart, reduce your heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and make it easier for your heart to pump blood. Types of beta-blockers that are available include: propranolol (Inderal), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL), nadolol (Corgard), bisoprolol (Zebeta), acebutolol (Sectral), atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne), carvedilol (Coreg), and timolol (Blocadren). These medications are only available by prescription from your doctor.


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