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bisoprolol (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bisoprolol (Zebeta)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bisoprolol, or if you have certain serious heart conditions such as"AV block" or slow heart rhythm.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take bisoprolol, tell your doctor if you have:

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether bisoprolol is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether bisoprolol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take bisoprolol (Zebeta)?

Take bisoprolol exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

Take bisoprolol at the same time every day.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Do not skip doses or stop taking bisoprolol without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse or cause other serious heart problems.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood pressure will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using bisoprolol.

Bisoprolol is only part of a complete program of treatment for hypertension that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely if you are being treated for hypertension.

Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

Store bisoprolol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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