Brand names for beta blockers include Sectral, Tenormin, Monocor, Coreg and Lopressor, as listed by WebMD. Other brand names for this type of drug are Toprol, Corgard, Levatol and Inderal.
Additional brand names for beta blockers include Zebeta, Betapace, Visken, Blocadren and Kerlone, according to Everyday Health. Beta blockers that have been on the market for a long time may be available as generics. For example, Levatol is also sold as the generic penbutolol, while Lopressor and Toprol XL are available in the generic metoprolol.
Beta blockers may cause a variety of side effects, such as fatigue, headache, upset stomach and cold hands, although most people do not experience these side effects.
Beta blockers are used to treat high blood pressure by preventing the heart from receiving signals to increase the heart rate and increase the amount of blood that it is pumping, according to WebMD. The drugs lessen the force with which the heart pumps, lowering the force demanded of it. Taking beta blockers decreases the risk of a heart attack or a stroke.
Doctors may prescribe beta blockers for other conditions, including glaucoma, arrhythmia, anxiety disorder, hyperthyroidism and migraines, according to the Mayo Clinic. They may be prescribed in conjunction with ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics.