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Bisoprolol oral tablet: Risks and Benefits

Highlights for bisoprolol

  • Bisoprolol oral tablet is only available as a generic drug. It doesn’t have a brand-name version.
  • Bisoprolol only comes as a tablet you take by mouth.
  • Bisoprolol oral tablet is used to treat high blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications.

Bisoprolol side effects

Bisoprolol oral tablet can cause several types of side effects, including drowsiness. Don’t drive, use machinery, or perform any activities that require alertness until you know how it affects you.

More common side effects

The more common side effects of bisoprolol oral tablet include:

  • slower heart rate
  • diarrhea
  • weakness
  • tiredness
  • dizziness
  • anxiety
  • changes in sex drive or performance
  • nausea
  • dry or burning eyes
  • headache
  • cold or flu symptoms
  • swelling in any part of your body

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:
    • skin rash
    • itching
    • hives
    • swelling of your face, lips, or tongue
  • Changes to your heart rate. Symptoms may include:
    • irregular or slow heart rate
    • feeling dizzy
    • fainting
  • Heart problems. Symptoms may include:
    • breathing problems
    • swollen legs or ankles
    • chest pain
  • Cold, tingling, or numbness in your hands or feet
  • Confusion
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.

Important warnings

  • Stopping bisoprolol warning: Bisoprolol lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. Suddenly stopping bisoprolol can worsen your heart condition, especially if you have coronary artery disease. It may also cause changes in heart rhythm or blood pressure, worsened chest pain, and heart attack. If you’re stopping this drug, your doctor will slowly lower your dosage over at least 1 week to help prevent these side effects.
  • Diabetes warning: Bisoprolol can mask the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Use it with caution if you have diabetes, especially if you take insulin or other diabetes drugs that can cause low blood sugar.
  • Heart failure risk: Bisoprolol decreases some heart actions. This can cause or worsen heart failure. If you develop heart failure, your doctor may slowly stop your treatment with bisoprolol. If you have heart failure that’s treated with other medications, you may still be able to take bisoprolol.

What is Bisoprolol?

Bisoprolol oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s only available in a generic form. Generic drugs usually cost less than a brand-name version.

Bisoprolol only comes as an oral tablet.

Why it’s used

Bisoprolol is used to treat high blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications.

How it works

Bisoprolol belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. It works by decreasing how hard your heart works and slowing your heart rate. This helps to treat high blood pressure.

Bisoprolol may interact with other medications

Bisoprolol oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

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