Rate-control medicines are used if your heart beats too fast. These drugs can slow down your heart rate. They can also ease the symptoms of a fast heart rate.
When your heart beats too fast, you may feel dizzy or pass out. You may have chest pain. Also, your heart may race or pound.
These drugs can be used to treat problems such as atrial fibrillation.
There are three common types of these drugs. They are beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and digoxin.
Common side effects of beta-blockers include:
Common side effects of calcium channel blockers include:
You may have other side effects or reactions not listed here. Check the information that
comes with your medicine.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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