Brevibloc is licensed to treat certain irregular heart rhythms in emergency situations. It is also approved for the treatment of a rapid heart rate or high blood pressure during or following a surgery. This medicine is only approved for use in adults. Although some healthcare providers will prescribe certain medications for "off-label" uses, there are currently no off-label uses of Brevibloc that are universally accepted.
Brevibloc® (esmolol hydrochloride) is a prescription beta blocker medication approved for the treatment of the following medical conditions:
- Certain irregular heart rhythms in emergency situations
- High blood pressure (hypertension) or a rapid heart rate during or after surgery.
ArrhythmiasBrevibloc is approved for treating very rapid and irregular heart rates in emergency situations. In particular, it is approved to treat atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, or other similar irregular heart rhythms originating in the atria of the heart (the upper chambers).
Brevibloc begins working quickly but also stops working very quickly. This makes it ideal for use when short-term correction of arrhythmias is necessary. Brevibloc is not intended for use in long-terms situations.
High Blood Pressure or Rapid Heart Rate During Surgery
Brevibloc is also approved to treat high blood pressure or rapid heart rate that occurs during or after surgery. Sometimes the body responds to surgery (or the anesthetic procedures or medications) by increasing the heart rate and blood pressure. If the healthcare provider decides that these problems need treatment (which is not always the case), Brevibloc can rapidly correct high blood pressure or a rapid heart rate.
However, this drug should not be used to treat high blood pressure caused by a low body temperature (hypothermia) during surgery.