Zebeta

1 What is Zebeta?

Brand: Zebeta

Generic: Bisoprolol

Bisoprolol, also known and sold under the trade name of Zebeta, is a product which belongs to the group of drugs known as beta blockers. It is used in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).

It is considered to work by blocking the action of a certain natural chemical, which could be normally found in the bloodstream, such as epinephrine.

By blocking the action of these substances it lowers the blood pressure, which helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems.

This medication could be also used in the treatment of mild heart failure. Bisoprolol is available in the form of a tablet.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Zebeta, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. For the decision to be made, the beneficial effects must outweigh the potential risks. This is a decision that you and your doctor, together, will have to make.

During the consultations, it is important to inform the doctor about:

Allergies: Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or no prescribed. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reactions to any specific type of food, dye, fabric and etc.

Pediatric: There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in pediatric patients. It is not recommended to be used within children. This medication could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.

Geriatric: Proper studies done have confirmed that there are no age-connected risks when this medication has been used in geriatric patients. However, the beneficial effects must outweigh the potential risks in order for this medication to be used in geriatric patients.

Pregnancy: Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy.

It is unknown how and if it would if affect the fetus. This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. It could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.

Breastfeeding: Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. It is unknown if it is extracted in the milk, or how and if it would affect the infant.

This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers. It could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.

Drug interactions: Inform the doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or no prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with others, due to the possibility that certain interactions could occur.

However, sometimes the doctor may decide to use a certain type of a combination, including two or more medications, to treat your condition, if he or she considers that combination to prove as beneficial regarding your condition.

Other interactions: Certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with specific type of food, tobacco, and alcohol. Because of this, it is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow a specific type of diet and discontinue your use of tobacco and/or alcohol.

Other medical problems: Inform the doctor about your medical history, any other medical problems, and conditions from the past or at the moment.

Especially, inform the doctor if there are any of the following conditions present – angina, blood vessels disease, bradycardia, heart block or heart failure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, kidney disease, liver disease, or lung disease.

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3 Proper Usage

To use Zebeta properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. This medication is in the form of a tablet, taken orally, with or without food, as directed by your doctor.

Take the tablet whole. Do not chew, break or crush the tablet. The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by the doctor and based on your condition, weight and the prognosis of the treatment.

In order to get the most beneficial effects from its use, remember to take each dose regularly. In case you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not double to catch up.

This medication is harmful in case of an overdose. If an overdose is suspected, inform the doctor as soon as possible. 

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Zebeta, there are some precautions you must take. Visit your doctor regularly, at your scheduled appointments, so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any adjustments if necessary.

These adjustments may refer to the dose – e.g. the doctor may decide to increase or decrease the dose, or to the treatment itself – the doctor may decide to discontinue your treatment with this medication if there are any serious side effects present that would worsen your condition or if your condition does not improve.

Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or no prescribed. This is important because this medication may contain inactive substances that could cause certain interactions to occur.

Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. The doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or advise you to start using a proven form of birth control to help prevent pregnancy during the treatment, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy.

Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. The doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. Along with this treatment, the cases of hypertension are treated with a specific diet, with a decreased amount of sodium (salt), and proper everyday exercise.

This medication may cause dizziness to occur. Avoid driving and any other activities which require alertness during the treatment. 

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Zebeta. These side effects do not occur within all patients, also they could be mild or more serious.

However, it is essential to get informed about the potential side effects so that you would be able to notice their presence and inform the doctor as soon as possible.

Common side effects:

These are common side effects which are not considered as serious side effects. However, if their presence worsens or persists, inform the doctor as soon as possible.

Serious side effects:

  • very slow heartbeat
  • severe dizziness
  • fainting
  • blue fingers/toes
  • trouble breathing
  • mood changes

These are serious side effects whose presence must be reported to the doctor as soon as possible.

A very serious allergic reaction to this medication is not common, however, if you notice any of the following symptoms, inform the doctor as soon as possible:

  • skin rash
  • itching/swelling of the face/tongue/hands/feet
  • severe dizziness
  • trouble breathing
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