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Carteolol Side Effects

Applies to carteolol: oral tablet


Carteolol is generally well-tolerated. Side effects are usually mild and transient.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects include headache in up to 1% to 17%, asthenia in 8%, insomnia in 5%, dizziness in 8%, paresthesias in 2%, and vertigo, nervousness, headache or fatigue in 1% of patients.[Ref]


Cardiovascular problems include chest pain in 2% and edema in 1% of patients. Carteolol may cause or worsen AV heart block. In the rare cases of new or worsened congestive heart failure that are associated with carteolol, a cause-and-effect relationship is not established.[Ref]

The etiology of "chest pain" was not described in studies and reviews from the medical literature.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal complaints of abdominal or epigastric pain in 1% to 7% and diarrhea or nausea in 2% of patients is reported.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects are rare. Cough, pharyngitis, or sinusitis are reported in 1% to 5% of patients. Dyspnea is reported rarely. Patients with a history of reactive airways disease may be more likely to become short of breath while taking carteolol, as during therapy with any beta-blocker.[Ref]


Musculoskeletal pain is reported in approximately 3% to 13% of patients.[Ref]

Carteolol and pindolol, beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists with intrinsic sympathomimetic activity (ISA), have more commonly been associated with muscle cramps and elevated serum creatine phosphokinase (CK) levels than beta-blockers without ISA.[Ref]


Genitourinary complaints of impotence are reported in less than 1% of male patients.[Ref]


Psychiatric side effects including reports of depression have been associated with carteolol.[Ref]


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Some side effects of carteolol may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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