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Slow heart rate, fatigue, and nausea are some of the most common side effects reported with Kerlone. Some of the rarer problems (occurring in less than 2 percent of people) include dry eyes, flushing, and weight gain. Although most side effects of this drug do not require medical attention, you should notify your healthcare provider immediately if you experience fainting, wheezing, or chest pain.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Kerlone® (betaxolol hydrochloride). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Kerlone. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Kerlone side effects with you.)
Kerlone has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common side effects (that occurred more frequently with Kerlone than with the placebo) included:
- Fatigue -- in up to 9.7 percent of people
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia) -- up to 8.1 percent
- Nausea -- up to 5.8 percent
- Joint pain -- up to 5.2 percent
- Insomnia -- up to 5 percent
- Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 4.7 percent.
Other common Kerlone side effects, occurring in 1 to 4 percent of people, included (but were not limited to):
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
- Bizarre dreams
- Impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED)
- Water retention
- Cold hands and feet.
It should be noted that many of these common side effects of Kerlone are also potentially serious (see the following section for more information).