Letters β blockers for heart failure

Adverse effects and tolerability of β blockers

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3142 (Published 07 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3142
  1. Franz H Messerli, professor of medicine1,
  2. Sripal Bangalore, associate professor of medicine2,
  3. Ehud Grossman, professor3
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, University of Bern, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland
  2. 2New York University, NY, USA
  3. 3Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  1. messerli.f{at}gmail.com

Regarding side effects and tolerability of β blockers, Kotecha and colleagues state: “Although β blockers are often associated with side effects, data from randomised trials consistently show no true difference compared with placebo in dizziness, diarrhoea, increased blood sugar concentration, or depression …

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