Zebeta (Bisoprolol) Dosage and Side Effects
ZEBETA is used to treat high blood pressure and is also sometimes used to treat heart failure. ZEBETA belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels, slowing the heart rate, and decreasing the heart's contractility.
Warnings and Precautions
Before taking ZEBETA, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- A lung disease, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema
- Heart failure, heart disease, a slow heart rate, or any other heart condition
- Circulation problems
- An overactive thyroid
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- A mental illness, such as depression
If you suffer from allergies, you should know that ZEBETA may worsen your allergic reactions. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern for you.
If you have diabetes, ZEBETA may make it more difficult to recognize symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Discuss this potential effect with your doctor.
Let your healthcare provider know you're taking ZEBETA before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.
Your doctor will want to monitor your condition closely while you take ZEBETA. Keep all appointments with your doctor's office and laboratory.
Your doctor may tell you to adopt certain diet and lifestyle changes while taking ZEBETA. Follow these instructions carefully.
ZEBETA helps control high blood pressure, but it won't cure the condition. Continue to take the medicine even if you feel well.
Don't stop taking ZEBETA without first talking to your doctor. Your doctor might want to take you off the drug gradually, by reducing your dose a little bit at a time.
Pregnancy and ZEBETA
It's not known whether ZEBETA can harm an unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you're pregnant, or might become pregnant while taking the medicine.
It's also not known whether ZEBETA passes into breast milk or could hurt a breastfeeding baby. Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Increased urination
- Dry mouth
- Mild itching
- Mild joint or muscle aches
- Depression or anxiety
- Loss of interest in sex
- Runny or stuffy nose
Serious Side Effects:
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Unusual weight gain
- Shortness of breath
- Fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Painful urination
- Numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands and feet
- Signs of an allergic reaction (may include hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Calcium channel blockers, such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia XT, Dilacor XR, or Tiazac), verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS, or Verelan), or Tarka (trandolapril and verapamil)
- Catapres or Kapvay (clonidine) or Clorpres (clonidine and chlorthalidone)
- Gilenya (fingolimod)
- Medications for breathing disorders, such as albuterol (Ventolin or Proventil), Tornalate (bitolterol), Alupent (metaproterenol), Maxair (pirbuterol), or terbutaline (Brethaire, Brethine, or Bricanyl)
- Medications for diabetes (including insulin)
- Medications for irregular heartbeat, such as Norpace (disopyramide)
- Other beta-blockers, such as Tenormin (atenolol), Coreg (carvedilol), Normodyne or Trandate (labetalol), Lopressor or Toprol (metoprolol), Corgard (nadolol), Inderal or InnoPran (propranolol), or Betapace (sotalol)
- Rifadin or Rimactane (rifampin), Rifater (rifampin, isoniazid, and pyrazinamide), or Rifamate (rifampin and isoniazid)
ZEBETA and Other Interactions
ZEBETA may make you drowsy.
Don't drive a car or perform any activity that requires alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
ZEBETA and Alcohol
Alcohol may worsen certain side effects of ZEBETA .
Talk to your doctor before drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.
Proper Use of this medication
ZEBETA comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It's usually taken once a day.
Take ZEBETA with a full glass of water, and try to use the medicine around the same time each day.
Your dose will be based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less ZEBETA than is recommended.
Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of ZEBETA and gradually increase it.
Symptoms of a ZEBETA overdose may include:
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Slow heart rate
- Pale skin
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
If you miss a dose of ZEBETA , take it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular medication schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.