Beta-adrenoceptor blocking medicines – commonly known as beta blockers - are a medication which can only be prescribed by a GP or healthcare professional, and are not available to buy over the counter. They work by blocking certain nerve impulses, where a neurotransmitter is normally produced.
Usually, this works to stimulate receptors on certain parts of the body, including the heart. By blocking the site of the receptor, beta blockers help to prevent or slow down the effects on that part of the body (for example, stopping the heart from beating too quickly).
This information is for anyone who wants to know more about antidepressants. It discusses how they work, why they are prescribed, the many different types of antidepressants and lists their effects and some of their common side-effects.
Always be sure to consult your GP or other qualified medical practitioner if you have questions about your own medication as this guide is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical advice.
Take a look below to learn more about antidepressants, and the role they play in assisting treatment for mental health conditions.