Betaxolol Side Effects
Some side effects of betaxolol may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to betaxolol: oral tablet
Along with its needed effects, betaxolol may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking betaxolol:More common
- Chest pain or discomfort
- lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- shortness of breath
- slow or irregular heartbeat
- unusual tiredness
- Cold arms, legs, hands, or feet
- difficult or labored breathing
- fast, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
- tightness in the chest
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking betaxolol:Symptoms of overdose
- blurred vision
- cold sweats
- convulsions (seizures)
- cool, pale skin
- decreased urine output
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
- extreme fatigue
- increased hunger
- irregular breathing
- loss of consciousness
- noisy breathing
- slurred speech
- troubled breathing
- weight gain
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects of betaxolol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Joint pain
- Acid or sour stomach
- body aches or pain
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- decreased interest in sexual intercourse
- difficulty in moving
- dryness or soreness of throat
- inability to have or keep an erection
- loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
- muscle pain or stiffness
- runny nose
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- stuffy nose
- tender, swollen glands in neck
- trouble in swallowing
- trouble sleeping
- unable to sleep
- unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
- unusual or strange dreams
- voice changes
- feeling sad or empty
- lack of appetite
- loss of interest or pleasure
- trouble concentrating
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to betaxolol: oral tablet
Betaxolol is generally well-tolerated. In one large study of 4,685 patients, only 14% experienced side effects after six months of therapy.
Nervous system side effects include headache in 15% of patients, although headache has been more common in patients treated with placebo in controlled studies. Fatigue or dizziness are reported in 10% to 16% of patients. Five percent of patients complain of insomnia. Rare side effects include vertigo, paresthesias, lethargy, depression, nervousness, nightmares, and dizziness.
In one study of 317 evaluable patients with hypertension, no side effects associated with betaxolol were more common than with placebo.
Cardiovascular problems include dose-related bradycardia 1% to 8% and Raynaud's phenomenon in 3% of patients. Bradycardia may be more likely in elderly patients. Edema or palpitations occur in 2% to 5% of patients. No reports of congestive heart failure (CHF) associated with betaxolol have been reported, although new or worsened CHF has been associated with the use of some other beta-blockers. Chest pain has also been reported rarely.
In one study of 317 evaluable patients with hypertension, bradycardia was observed in 1.3% of patients who were taking daily doses of 5 mg, 3.8% at 10 mg, and 7.5% at 20 mg.
Musculoskeletal pain is reported in approximately 7% of patients.
Respiratory side effects are related to the ability of betaxolol to inhibit bronchodilation, which may be important in some patients with reversible airways disease, such as asthma or severe obstructive lung disease. Dyspnea or bronchospasm is reported in 0.5% of patients. Pharyngitis, rhinitis, and upper respiratory infection have also been reported rarely.
Gastrointestinal side effects are unusual. General gastrointestinal disturbances, such as dyspepsia and diarrhea, are reported in 2% to 5% of patients. Constipation and nausea are rare.
Genitourinary complaints are limited to impotence in approximately 1% of male patients.
Metabolic abnormalities are usually clinically insignificant, and are limited to mild increases in the total serum triglyceride concentration.
Psychiatric side effects including depression (0.8%) have been rarely reported.
Dermatologic side effects including rash (1.2%) have been rarely reported.
More betaxolol resources
- betaxolol Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- betaxolol MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- betaxolol Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Betaxolol Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Betaxolol Hydrochloride Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Kerlone Prescribing Information (FDA)
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