What is Zebeta®?

Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Zebeta® is commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure.
Zebeta® is commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure.

Zebeta® is a brand name of the generic medication bisoprolol. It is prescribed to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure. This beta blocker helps to slow the heart rate and relax the blood vessels to lower one's blood pressure. Patients who are successfully treated for hypertension have reduced risks for heart attacks and strokes.

This medication is taken orally, usually once every day. Patients should strive to take the dosage at the same time each day. The physician will likely prescribe 2.5 to 5 milligrams (mg) once daily. He will monitor the patient's response to Zebeta® and may decrease or increase the dosage as needed. The maximum recommended dose is no more than 20 mg.

Zebeta® can cause some side effects. Patients who experience persistent vomiting or diarrhea should inform their doctors. Other mild side effects can include unusual fatigue, a runny nose, and muscle aches. Insomnia, drowsiness, and dizziness also may occur. Some patients have reported experiencing anxiety, restlessness, and a loss of interest in sexual intercourse as well.

Patients who suffer from serious side effects should go to the emergency room immediately. These may include difficulty breathing, slow or pounding heartbeats, and chest pain. Some people may feel as if they will pass out, while others may experience hallucinations and confusion. Other patients have reported experiencing swelling of the feet and ankles, numbness or tingling, and painful urination.

Regular visits to the doctor should be scheduled so the patient's progress can be monitored. People who plan to undergo a surgical procedure may need to temporarily discontinue this medication with the approval of a physician. Diabetics should regularly check their blood sugar levels, as Zebeta® may interfere. Alcohol also should be avoided, as it may worsen some side effects. In addition, patients should sit or stand slowly to avoid dizziness.

Zebeta® may not be appropriate for every person with high blood pressure. It is unknown whether it will cause birth defects or harm a nursing infant. As such, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Zebeta® without a doctor's approval.

In addition, people with asthma, emphysema, or bronchitis may be unable to use it. Circulation problems, a thyroid disorder, and diabetes may preclude a person from taking this medicine as well. Other medical conditions that fall into this category include liver or kidney disease as well as heart problems, such as congestive heart failure or angina.

Zebeta® may interact with some medications, including other beta blockers, heart medications, or drugs for asthma. It may also interact with digitalis, clonidine, and rifampin. Patients should discuss their other medications and supplements with their doctors.

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      Zebeta® is commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure.