Zebeta is a beta-blocker which is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in your body such as epinephrine on the heart and blood vessels.
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Zebeta is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation. This effect lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on the heart. Its active ingredient is bisoprolol. It is used with or without other medications to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Take Zebeta exactly as it was prescribed for you. Take this medication with a full glass of water with or without food at the same time every day. The usual starting dose is 2.5-5 mg once a day. The maximum dose of bisoprolol is 10-20 mg once a day. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Before taking Zebeta tell your doctor if you have asthma, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, emphysema, thyroid disorder, angina, problems with circulation, anaphylactic reactions to allergens. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of bisoprolol. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
You should not use Zebeta if you are allergic to bisoprolol or if you have sinus bradycardia (slow heartbeat), heart block greater than first degree, severe heart failure, or cardiogenic shock. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have hives, slow or fast heartbeats, confusion, swelling of your ankles or feet, numbness, swelling of your face, lips, chest pain, hallucinations, difficulty breathing. Less serious side effects may include: stomach pain, diarrhea, stuffy nose, loss of interest in sex, dry mouth, vomiting, increased urination, nausea, ringing in your ears, insomnia, depression, drowsiness, muscle pain, itching.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: insulin, rifampin, disopyramide, medicine for asthma (pirbuterol, bitolterol, albuterol), clonidine, heart medication (nifedipine, verapamil, reserpine), guanethidine, beta-blockers (metoprolol, propranolol, carvedilol), digitalis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are convulsions, slow heart rate, fainting, nausea, anxiety, dizziness, pale skin, sweating, shortness of breath, confusion.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Store it in a tight container.
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