Brand Name: Monocor, Zebeta
Generic Name: Bisoprolol
Drug Class: Beta-Blockers, Beta-1 Selective
WHAT IS BISOPROLOL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Bisoprolol is a type of antihypertensive drug called a beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent (beta-blocker) used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Bisoprolol is available under the following different brand names: Monocor, and Zebeta.
Bisoprolol Tablet of Bisoprolol:
Dosage Forms and Strengths
Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:
Pediatric: Safety and efficacy not established
2.5-5 mg orally once/day; may increase to 10 mg and if necessary to 20 mg orally once/day
1.25 mg orally once/day; increase gradually if necessary not to exceed 10 mg/day
Greater than 40 mL/min: Dose adjustment not necessary
Less than 40 mL/min: 2.5 mg/day initially; titrate slowly and monitor
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH USING BISOPROLOL?
Common side effects of bisoprolol include:
Serious side effects of bisoprolol include:
Slow, irregular heartbeats
Upper respiratory infection
Runny or stuffy nose
Shortness of breath
Sinus infection (sinusitis)
Lightheadedness upon standing
Spinning sensation (vertigo)
Ringing in your ears
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Itching or skin rash
Loss of interest in sex
Less common side effects of bisoprolol include:
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Rare but serious side effects of bisoprolol include:
Very slow heartbeat
Mental/mood changes (such as confusion, mood swings, depression)
Other side effects of bisoprolol include:
Aggravate congestive heart failure (CHF)
Mask symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Decreased exercise tolerance
May increase triglyceride levels and insulin resistance
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
WHAT OTHER DRUGS INTERACT WITH BISOPROLOL?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.
Bisoprolol has no known severe interactions with other drugs.
Serious interactions of bisoprolol include:
Bisoprolol has moderate interactions with at least 173 different drugs.
Bisoprolol has mild interactions with at least 32 different drugs.
This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.