What is Bisoprolol?
Bisoprolol (active ingredient bisoprolol) belongs to the group of beta blockers: drugs that lower blood pressure, slow down the heart rate and ensure that the heart does not need as much oxygen.
What is Bisoprolol used for?
Bisoprolol is prescribed for high blood pressure (hypertension) and / or heart problems such as angina pectoris or heart failure, and to prevent a heart attack.
How to use Bisoprolol
The Bisoprolol tablet should be swallowed in its entirety. The medication should be taken at a fixed time.
Note: never just stop using this drug. You may suffer from (heart) problems if you do. Consult with the doctor about the reduction of Bisoprolol.
Bisoprolol is available in tablets of 5 and 10 mg. The usual dosage is one tablet per day, unless the doctor tells you otherwise. Always use the doctor's prescribed dosage.
If you forgot to take a dose, you can still take it until 16 hours afterward.
An overdose may cause a very slow heartbeat, dizziness, fainting and weakness. In the event of an overdose you should immediately contact a doctor.
Bisoprolol may cause side effects.Since this medication lowers your blood pressure, you may experience dizziness or lightheadedness. This phenomenon will disappear over time, as your body becomes used to lower blood pressure.
Other side effects may include: gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea), headache, fatigue, cold feet and / or hands, sleep disorders, skin rashes and weakness in the muscles. Talk to a doctor if you experience side effects, or experience serious symptoms that are not listed in the leaflet.
When should you not use Bisoprolol (contraindications)
You may not use Bisoprolol if you are allergic to bisoprolol or to any of the excipients used.
Talk to the doctor about the use of Bisoprolol fumarate if you suffer from an autoimmune disease, COPD, psoriasis, heart disease or any other serious condition.
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
Do not use Bisoprolol fumarate if you are breastfeeding. Also use during pregnancy is not recommended unless the doctor advises otherwise.
Interaction with other medications
Bisoprolol fumarate may disrupt the effect of other drugs, and vice versa.This applies, for example, to:
- other antihypertensive medication
- anti-inflammatory painkillers
- alpha blockers
- glucose reducing drugs
- epinephrine injections
Talk to the doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these drugs or other medications.
Bisoprolol may cause dizziness at first. In most cases the dizziness will disappear after awhile, and you are able to participate in traffic again.
The combination of alcohol and Bisoprolol may cause dizziness. Be careful with alcoholic drinks.