Beta-blockers given the boot in Britain

Jun 28, 2006

British doctors are being advised not to prescribe beta-blockers and to ease most current users off them and onto new treatment for high blood pressure.

The National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence released guidelines that called for changing beta-blocker treatments to a combination of calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors and diuretics, the Times of London reports.

The new treatments are thought to better open blood vessels and regulate hormones and have fewer side effects, like developing type 2 diabetes.

People who take beta-blockers for other conditions, like angina or anxiety, will be kept on them.

The Blood Pressure Association told the newspaper there isn't a need for panic but patients and doctors should begin the discussion on how beta-blockers are being used and developing a plan to reduce the regimen.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Bill under debate would limit farm antibiotics in Oregon

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Europe's police crack massive horsemeat tracking ring

2 hours ago

Police from seven European countries detained 26 people and seized hundreds of horse passports in a crackdown against a Europe-wide horsemeat trafficking ring, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.