Which medications in the drug class Beta-blockers are used in the treatment of Caffeine Toxicity?

Updated: Aug 21, 2018
  • Author: David Yew, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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Beta-blockers

These drugs are used for rate control in cases of atrial fibrillation or another SVT. They should not be used to treat hypertension in the setting of caffeine or sympathomimetic overdose.

Esmolol (Brevibloc)

Ultrashort action. Selectively blocks beta1-receptors with little or no effect on beta2-receptors. Useful in patients at risk for complications from beta-blockade, particularly those with reactive airway disease, mild-to-moderate left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, and/or peripheral vascular disease. Short half-life of 8 min allows for titration to desired effect and quick discontinuation if needed.


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