How to Get Rid of Cold Hands Caused by Beta Blockers

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications most commonly prescribed for treating high blood pressure, angina, heart failure, and as protection against recurrent heart attacks. Beta blockers are highly popular, as they are extremely efficient in battling cardiovascular diseases and have very little known side effects.

While most people who take beta blockers won't have any side effects, you might have found yourself experiencing  cold hands and feet, and blame it on your new medication. If that is the case, we're here to answer your questions about possible beta blocker side effects and help you to find a solution for your cold extremities.

List of Beta Blockers

Beta blockers are prescription-only medicines, meaning they can only be prescribed by your GP or another suitably qualified healthcare professional. Some of the most commonly used beta blockers in the United Kingdom include:

  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Bisoprolol (Cardicor, Emcor)
  • Carvedilol
  • Metoprolol (Betaloc, Lopresor)
  • Nebivolol (Nebilet)
  • Propranolol (Inderal)

Beta Blockers and Side Effects

According to the British Heart Foundation, "Beta blockers are usually tolerated well without significant side effects." They can, however, cause cold hands and feet, particularly in older people. Some of the less common side effects also include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Weight gain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression
  • Loss of sex drive/impotence

Can Beta Blockers Cause Cold Hands?

Cold hands and feet are actually the most common side effect of taking beta blockers, though the mechanism by which beta blockers induce Raynaud's phenomenon is still not entirely clear. Regardless of how the two are connected, we are here with a list of products that can help you out with battling cold hands and feet caused by beta blockers.

Semi-Compression Fingerless Warm Copper Gloves

Semi-Compression Fingerless Warm Copper GlovesIf you are looking for a quick and simple solution to keep your hands warm no matter where you are or what you are doing, these Semi-Compression Fingerless Warm Copper Gloves could be the answer. The copper weaved in the fabric not only provides unrivalled heat, but also reduces bacteria and improves circulation, which is especially important if your cold hands are caused by beta blockers. One of their greatest advantages, however, is probably the fingerless design that allows you to wear them even when typing.


Raynaud's Disease Silver Gloves

Raynaud's Disease Silver GlovesUnlike the Copper Gloves mentioned above, these Raynaud's Disease Silver Gloves contain natural pure silver, which minimises any radiative body heat loss by actively reflecting 95% of the body's energy back to the skin, and helps shape the gloves to hands, wrists and fingers perfectly. Furthermore, they will also help with numbness, tingling and pain that commonly occur in areas that are constantly cold. So if you want to get and keep your hands as warm as possible, the Silver Gloves are what you've been looking for. 


Complete Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Value Bundle

Complete Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Value BundleWhen you are suffering from cold hands caused by beta blockers, you are most likely also experiencing cold feet, which is why we have put together this Complete Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Value Bundle to help you keep warm throughout. The bundle includes a pair of Deluxe Silver Gloves that provide optimal comfort and warmth, Deluxe Silver Socks to help keep your feet as warm as your hands, and Pedag Viva Winter Insoles you can wear in your shoes at all times to help you battle the symptoms of Raynaud's disease.


Complete Raynaud's Disease Body Protection Bundle

Complete Raynaud's Disease Body Protection BundleThe above bundle does take care of your cold hands and feet at once, but this Complete Raynaud's Disease Body Protection Bundle ensures your entire body is kept warm and cosy. The package includes a pair of Silver Gloves (mentioned above), one pair of 9% Silver Socks and a HomeGlow B-Warm Heated Seat Cover for staying warm when resting in your favourite chair. When weaved in the fabric, silver helps to minimise the loss of body heat by reflecting your energy back to the skin, which means these Silver Gloves and Socks are designed to be much more effective in protecting you from the cold than ordinary gloves and socks.


If beta blockers are helping with your condition, but cause unpleasant side effects such as cold hands and feet, consult your GP, but by no means should you stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor. Most side effects, however, are harmless and can easily be managed by taking extra care of keeping your hands and feet warm at all times.

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