Beta-blocker medicines slow the heart rate and decrease how forcefully the heart contracts. This reduces the amount of oxygen the heart needs to work. Beta-blockers are often used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain, and heart failure.

Examples of beta-blocking medicines include:

  • atenolol (Tenormin).
  • propranolol (such as Inderal).
  • esmolol (Brevibloc).
  • metoprolol (such as Lopressor or Toprol).
  • acebutolol (Sectral).
  • penbutolol sulfate (Levatol).
  • pindolol.

Last Updated: December 12, 2008

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