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Bystolic is used for:
Treating high blood pressure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Bystolic is a beta-blocker. It works by slowing down the heart and decreasing the amount of blood it pumps out. This helps to decrease blood pressure, helps the heart pump more efficiently, and reduces the workload on the heart.
Do NOT use Bystolic if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Bystolic
- you have moderate to severe heart block, uncontrolled heart failure, shock caused by serious heart problems, very slow heartbeat, or very blood pressure after a heart attack low
- you have asthma or Raynaud syndrome
- you have severe liver problems
- the patient is a child with diabetes or heart failure
- you are taking mibefradil
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Bystolic . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Mibefradil because the risk of serious heart side effects may be increased
- Many prescription and nonprescription medicines (eg, used for diabetes, infections, inflammation, aches and pains, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, seizures), multivitamin products, and herbal or dietary supplements (eg, herbal teas, coenzyme Q10, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, St. John's wort) may interact with Bystolic , increasing the risk of side effects
How to use Bystolic :
Use Bystolic as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Bystolic by mouth with or without food.
- Take Bystolic on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking Bystolic at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to take Bystolic even if you fell well. Do not miss any doses.
- Do not suddenly stop taking Bystolic without first talking with your doctor. You may have an increased risk of side effects (eg, chest pain, irregular heartbeat). If you need to stop Bystolic or add a new medicine, your doctor may need to gradually lower your dose.
- If you miss a dose of Bystolic , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Important safety information:
- Bystolic may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or vision changes. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Bystolic with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol while you are taking Bystolic ; it may increase the risk of Bystolic 's side effects.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
- Do not suddenly stop taking Bystolic . Sharp chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and sometimes heart attack may occur if you suddenly stop Bystolic . The risk may be greater if you have certain types of heart disease. Your doctor should slowly lower your dose over several weeks if you need to stop taking it. This should be done even if you only take Bystolic for high blood pressure. Heart disease is common and you may not know you have it. Limit physical activity while you are lowering your dose. If new or worsened chest pain or other heart problems occur, contact your doctor right away. You may need to start taking Bystolic again.
- Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
Possible side effects of Bystolic :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dizziness; fatigue; headache; nausea; stomach pain; trouble sleeping.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain or tightness; fainting; mental or mood changes; numbness or tingling of the hands; persistent or severe vision changes; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe dizziness; shortness of breath or wheezing; sudden, unusual weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusually slow or irregular heartbeat; very cold or blue fingers or toes.