What is Bisoprolol?
Bisoprolol is a beta-blocker drug that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). It is prescribed primarily for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and may also be used in other conditions not listed here.
Bisoprolol is sold under various trade names, a couple of which are Zebeta and Corbis (made by Unichem).
Important Information about Bisoprolol
Do not take Bisoprolol (Zebeta, Corbis) if you have a known allergy to it, or if you have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, severe liver disease, or a serious heart conditions such as a heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or AV block (unless you have a pacemaker).
If you are scheduled for a surgery, inform your surgeon well in advance that you are using Bisoprolol. You may be required to suspend taking this medicine for a short time. Also do not stop taking Bisoprolol without your doctor?s advice. If you stop taking this medicine suddenly, your condition will deteriorate for the worse.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, continue taking Bisoprolol even if you don?t have any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn?t have any outwardly signs. High blood pressure medicines are normally required to be taken continuously for many years.
Bisoprolol is an FDA pregnancy category C drug. It is not known whether this medication can harm an unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. It is also not known if this medication can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. You must ask your doctor before taking this medication if it is safe for you if you are a pregnant or a breast feeding woman.
Before taking Bisoprolol
To ensure that this drug is safe for you, inform your doctor before taking Bisoprolol if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes (taking Bisoprolol can make it difficult for you to judge when you have low blood sugar), angina, emphysema, low blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, depression, a thyroid disorder, circulation problems (such as Raynaud?s syndrome), or a history of allergies.
How should I take Bisoprolol?
Take Bisoprolol strictly according to your doctor?s directions or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Refer the instructions in them for detailed information on that particular medication. Bisoprolol works best when taken with food. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place.
Bisoprolol is a part of a full line of treatment for blood pressure which includes diet restrictions, exercises, and other medicines. Follow a proper regimen of these things as directed by your doctor to keep your blood pressure in control.
What if I miss a dose?
Missing even a single dose can be bad for your heatlh. Howerve, if you miss a dose of Bisoprolol, take it as soon as you remember. Don?t take the missed dose at a time when the next scheduled dose is not far away. Taking doses at smaller intervals can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Bisoprolol, get emergency medical attention or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose may result in uneven heartbeat, breathlessness, bluish colored fingernails, dizziness, weakness, seizure, or fainting.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Bisoprolol
Bisoprolol may impact your thinking capability and reflexes. Take extra care while driving or other such activities that require a high level of mental awareness and alertness. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption while taking Bisoprolol. Also, avoid getting up quickly from a lying or sitting position, otherwise you may feel dizzy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for any other restrictions while using this medicine.
Bisoprolol Side Effects
Some common side effects of Bisoprolol are dizziness, drowsiness, light headedness, diarrhea, or tiredness. However, if any of these side effects persist or deteriorate, or if you get serious side effects or allergic reactions like rash, itching, swelling of face, tongue, or throat, or breathing trouble, unusual tiredness, sudden or unexplained weight gain, severe dizziness, severe stomach or abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes and skin, persistent nausea or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.
Bisoprolol may reduce blood supply to your hand and feet which may make them to feel cold. Smoking may deteriorate this effect. Dress warmly and avoid tobacco use.
This information about side effects of this medicaiton is limited. If you get any other serious side effects due to this medication, contact your doctor right away. FDA has a side effect reporting helpline which can be reached by calling at 1-800-FDA-1088. It is recommended that you report your side effects to FDA.
Bisoprolol Dosing Information
Bisoprolol dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor?s advice properly for best results.
Interaction with other drugs
Other drugs can interact with Bisoprolol. Some of them include allergy drugs, cimetidine, clonidine, digitalis, dobutamine, haloperidol, isoproterenol, blood thinner such as warfarin, doxazosin, prazosin, terazosin, amiadarone, propafenone, quinidine, fluconazole, insulin or oral diabetes medicines, antidepressants, other heart or blood pressure medicine, HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, anti emetics, or narcotic pain killers. However, these are not the only drugs that can interact with Bisoprolol. Inform your doctor in advance if you use any other medicines or related products. Never start a new medicine without proper medical advice.