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Brand Names: Zebeta

Generic Name: bisoprolol (Pronunciation: BIS oh PROE lol)

What is bisoprolol (Zebeta)?

Bisoprolol is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins).

Bisoprolol is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).

Bisoprolol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Bisoprolol 10 mg-MYL

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Bisoprolol 10 mg-TEV

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Bisoprolol 5 mg-MYL

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Bisoprolol 5 mg-TEV

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Zebeta 10 mg

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Zebeta 5 mg

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What are the possible side effects of bisoprolol (Zebeta)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • slow, fast, or pounding heartbeats;
  • chest pain, feeling like you might pass out;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling of your ankles or feet;
  • pain or burning when you urinate; or
  • numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands and feet.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • diarrhea, constipation, increased urination;
  • runny or stuffy nose, ringing in your ears;
  • feeling tired or weak;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • drowsiness, dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • depression, anxiety, restless feeling;
  • joint or muscle pain;
  • mild itching or skin rash; or
  • loss of interest in sex.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about bisoprolol (Zebeta)?

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.

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

Bisoprolol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of 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.

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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