Medications that Affect Exercise Heart Rates

Medications for high blood pressure, irregular heart beat (arrhythmias), and heart failure slow your heart’s response to exercise.  Generally the heart speeds up more slowly and is limited in it’s maximum rate in response to exercise.  Below is a list of common medications that affect the heart’s response to exercise.  This list does not include every medication that has an effect on exercise so please contact your doctor if you have any questions about your medications and their effect on your ability to exercise.

Drug Type Drug Name Brand Name Combined with a Diuretic
Beta Blockers Atenolol Tenormin Tenoretic
  Bisoprolol Zebeta Ziac
  Metoprolol Lopressor SR, Toprol XL Lopressor HCT
  Propranolol Inderal Inderide
  Sotalol Betapace  
  Acebutolol Sectral  
  Betaxolol Kerlone  
  Esmolol Brevibloc  
  Nadolol Corgard Corzide
  Penbutolol Levatol  
  Pindolol Visken  
  Timolol Blocadren Timolide
Alpha and Beta Blockers


Carvedilol Coreg  
  Labetalol Normodyne, Trandate  
Antiarrhythmics Amiodarone Cordarone, Pacerone  
  Sotalol Betapace  
  Propafenone Rythmol  
Calcium channel blockers Amlodipine Norvasc  
  Felodipine Plendil  
  Isradipine DynaCirc  
  Nicardipine Cardene  
  Nifedipine Adalat, Procardia  
  Nimodipine Nimotop  
  Diltiazem Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac  
  Verapamil Calan, Isoptin, Covera, Verelan