Beta-Blocker Overdose: “You know, the green pill.”

  • Katherine H. BuckEmail author
  • Colin G. Kaide


Beta-blocker overdose is potentially fatal and requires a high index of suspicion and quick action by emergency physicians. Patients can be asymptomatic, but quickly become bradycardic, hypotensive, and altered with subsequent cardiac arrest. If treated quickly and aggressively, beta-blocker overdoses can have good clinical outcomes.


Beta-blocker Bradycardia Altered mental status 


Disclosure Statement

Katherine Buck: Nothing to disclose

Colin Kaide: Callibra, Inc.-Discharge 123 medical software company. Medical Advisory Board Portola Pharmaceuticals. I have no relationship with a commercial company that has a direct financial interest in subject matter or materials discussed in article or with a company making a competing product.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineWexner Medical Center at The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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