Esmolol is a beta 1-selective (cardioselective) adrenergic receptor blocking agent.

Esmolol is used for the rapid control of ventricular rate.

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  • Brevibloc
  • More common:
    Blurred vision
    confusion
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
    increased sweating
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Less common:
    Itching of skin
    numbness and tingling of face, fingers, or toes
    pain in arms, legs, or lower back, especially pain in calves and/or heels upon exertion
    pale, bluish-colored, or cold hands or feet
    weak or absent pulses in legs
    Rare:
    Blue lips and fingernails
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    changes in skin color
    changes in vision
    chest pain or discomfort
    convulsions
    coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
    decrease in frequency of urination
    decrease in urine volume
    delusions
    dementia
    difficult, fast, noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing
    difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
    difficulty with speaking
    feeling of warmth
    feeling unusually cold
    lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
    loss of bladder control
    muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
    no heartbeat
    pain, tenderness, or swelling of foot or leg
    painful urination
    paleness of skin
    peeling of skin
    redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
    shivering
    shortness of breath
    slow or irregular heartbeat
    small clicking, bubbling, or rattling sounds in the lung when listening with a stethoscope
    sudden loss of consciousness
    swelling, redness, or burning of skin where the needle is placed
    tightness in chest
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking esmolol, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose:
    Dilated neck veins
    extreme fatigue
    irregular breathing
    no blood pressure or pulse
    stopping of heart
    swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
    unconsciousness
    weight gain
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with esmolol may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Hardening or thickening of skin where the needle is placed
    nausea
    Less common:
    Anxiety
    dry mouth
    headache
    hyperventilation
    irritability
    nervousness
    restlessness
    shaking
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    trouble sleeping
    vomiting
    Rare:
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    change in taste or bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
    discouragement
    feeling sad or empty
    heartburn
    indigestion
    lack of appetite
    lack or loss of strength
    loss of interest or pleasure
    shoulder pain
    stomach soreness, discomfort, upset, or pain
    stuffy nose
    tiredness
    trouble concentrating
    weight loss
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