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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Coronary Disease
Answer: Fatigue, depression, nausea, nightmares are the most common problems with all the beta blockers. Non-selective ones can also cause dyspnea(shortness of breath). Headaches are less common, but possible. Beta blockers are the best for patients for heart disease but very hard to tolerate. Calcium channel blockers work fine generally but slightly less effective than beta blockers for prevention of myocardial infarctions. Sometimes using a very small dose of a beta blocker(drugs like ziac) can get around this problem and be combined with calcium channel blockers. Whether you need to take this depends a lot on your coronaries. If only for hypertension, try something else.
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