American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A drug, such as propanolol, that opposes the excitatory effects of norepinephrine released from sympathetic nerve endings at beta-receptors and is used for the treatment of angina, hypertension, arrhythmia, and migraine. Also called beta-adrenergic blocking agent.
“One type of drop, a form of beta-blocker, will “lower your heart rate, limiting your exercise capacity ….””
“Caveat: The number of adverse heart-rate responses may have been reduced because 39% of the patients were on beta-blocker medication, researchers said.”
“Increase of 1-year mortality after perioperative beta-blocker withdrawal in endovascular and vascular surgery patients.”
“This beta-blocker had kicked the headache out of my head and out of my mind, too.”
“Then I moved on to my prescription medications, swallowing my antidepressant and my beta-blocker together because they were both round tablets.”
“After more careful thinking out loud, he upped my dosage of nadolol, a beta-blocker, and increased my nortriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant.”
“The beta-blocker had a bitter taste, so I tried to float it on top of the water, never allowing it to touch my tongue, but sometimes I choked and sucked on the nasty medication anyway.”
“I would be trying a new beta-blocker called nadolol and adding a tricyclic antidepressant called nortriptyline.”
“Medicare does publish extensive data about medical processes, such as whether a heart-attack victim was given an aspirin or a beta-blocker.”
“Cancer was detected in the sentinel or closest lymph node of 3.3% of beta-blocker patients and 19% of the non-beta-blocker group.”
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