Why is this medication prescribed?
In order to manage high blood pressure, bisoprolol may be taken either on its own or in conjunction with other drugs. The drug bisoprolol belongs to the beta blocker subclass of drugs. In order to raise and lower blood pressure, it operates by relaxing blood arteries and lowering heart rate.High blood pressure is a common illness that, if left untreated, can harm the kidneys, brain, heart, blood vessels, and other organs. Heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, renal failure, eyesight loss, and other issues may result from damage to these organs. Making lifestyle modifications will help you control your blood pressure in addition to taking medication. These adjustments include quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating a diet low in fat and salt, keeping a healthy weight, and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days.
How should this medicine be used?
Bisoprolol is available as an oral tablet. Typically, it is given once day. Take bisoprolol at roughly the same time each day to aid in memory. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. As recommended, take bisoprolol as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Most likely, your doctor will start you on a modest dose of bisoprolol and then gradually raise it.
Although it doesn’t treat high blood pressure, bisoprolol does moderate it. Before you experience the full benefits of bisoprolol, it may take a few weeks. Taking bisoprolol is still recommended even if you feel OK. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking bisoprolol. Sudden discontinuation of bisoprolol may result in angina, a heart attack, or an irregular pulse. Your dose will likely be gradually reduced by your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Additionally, heart failure is occasionally treated with bisoprolol. Discuss the potential dangers of using this medicine for your illness with your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking bisoprolol,
- If you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in bisoprolol tablets, other drugs, or other substances, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away. Request an ingredient list from your pharmacist.
- Inform your physician and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Incorporate any of the following: Verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS, Verelan, in Tarka), diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia XT, Dilacor XR, Tiazac, among others), clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, in Clorpres), disopyramide (Norpace), other beta-blockers, reserpine, and rifampin are all calcium channel blockers (Rifadin, Rimactane, in Rifamate, in Rifater). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following conditions: hyperthyroidism, severe allergies, slow heartbeat, heart failure, heart, liver, or kidney illness (an overactive thyroid gland).
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you get pregnant while taking bisoprolol.
- Inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking bisoprolol if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
- You need to be aware that bisoprolol might make you feel sleepy. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
- Keep in mind that drinking alcohol can increase the drowsiness brought on by this drug.
- You should be aware that if you are allergic to several chemicals, using bisoprolol may make your symptoms worse and that standard doses of injectable epinephrine may not be effective in treating your allergies.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
If your doctor advises a low-salt or low-sodium diet, strictly follow the instructions.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from bisoprolol are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Excessive fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Clogged nose
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Even though the following signs are unusual, you should call your doctor right once if you notice any of them:
- Breathing difficulty
- Hands, foot, ankles, or lower legs swelling
- Unexpected weight gain
Other negative effects of bisoprolol are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Overdose symptoms could include:
- Hands, foot, ankles, or lower legs swelling
- Unexpected weight gain
- Breathing or swallowing issues dizziness
- Distorted vision
- Tongue tingling or feeling numb
- Extreme fatigue
- Abrupt hunger
- Light colour
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. Regular blood pressure checks are necessary to monitor your reaction to bisoprolol. Your physician could instruct you to take your pulse (heart rate). To learn how to take your pulse, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor if your pulse is abnormally fast or slow.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.