What is Bisoprolol?
Bisoprolol, available at Medzino under the brand name Zebeta, is in a class of medications known as beta-blockers (beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agents). Beta-blockers can be used to lower blood pressure, control the heart rate and rhythm, and to improve the symptoms of heart failure. Doctors at Medzino may prescribe Bisoprolol for the treatment of high blood pressure in suitable patients.
How does Bisoprolol work?
Bisoprolol, available at Medzino under the brand name Zebeta, belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers work by blocking the effect of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. Epinephrine acts to constrict blood vessels, increase the heart rate, and increase the force at which the heart contracts. Opposing the action of epinephrine helps dilate blood vessels, lower blood pressure and reduce the strain on the heart.
What are beta-blockers?
Bisoprolol belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers work by blocking the effect of certain natural chemicals in your body like the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, and helping blood vessels open up to improve blood flow. This helps your heart to beat more slowly and with less force, which lowers your blood pressure and strain on the heart. Some medicines may interfere with the effects of Bisoprolol, therefore always tell your doctor if you are taking the following drugs: other medicines for high blood pressure, certain antidepressants, drugs called nitrates (for chest pain), Baclofen (muscle relaxant), Tamsulosin, Co-Careldopa and Levodopa (medicines for Parkinson’s disease), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, steroids like Prednisolone, medicines for diabetes, medicines for allergies such as Ephedrine, Noradrenaline or Adrenaline, or medicines for asthma. If you are pregnant, inform your doctor as taking Bisoprolol during pregnancy may harm the baby. It is unknown whether Bisoprolol passes into human breast milk, therefore breastfeeding is not recommended while taking the medicine.
How effective is Bisoprolol?
Bisoprolol is effective in reducing blood pressure for up to 24 hours after an oral dose. For patients with impaired kidney function, the effect of bisoprolol can last up to 72 hours, 3 times longer than the normal period. Blood pressure usually returns to its baseline within two weeks of reducing or stopping Bisoprolol.
How long does Bisoprolol take to work?
After an oral dose, Bisoprolol can take between 2 to 4 hours to absorb into the bloodstream and lower blood pressure. It may take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks before the medication’s full effects on blood pressure and heart rate are evident. You may not feel any different while taking Bisoprolol; however, this is not an indication that the medication is not working, and it is important that you continue to take it as prescribed by your doctor.
What does Bisoprolol treat?
Bisoprolol is used with or without other medications to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), which can help prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. Bisoprolol can also be used to prevent chest pain caused by poor blood flow to the heart (angina), and to treat atrial fibrillation, which causes an irregular and/or abnormally fast heart rate.