Bystolic
DESCRIPTION

Bystolic is a drug used to treat high blood pressure.

How It Works

Bystolic contains an active ingredient called Nebivolol, which belongs to a class of drugs known as beta blockers. Nebivolol can result in several mechanisms that release pressure inside blood vessels, including vasodilation. Taking Bystolic can cause the smooth muscles in arteries to relax so there’s less pressure inside.

Uses

Bystolic is prescribed to treat and manage hypertension, or high blood pressure. Blood pressure that is more elevated than normal puts extra strain on the heart to pump harder. This can cause the heart to fail in extreme situations. Managing blood pressure is important to avoid problems in the kidney as well.

Bystolic is not a “cure” for hypertension. This drug can help relieve hypertension so the patient can take other measures, such as diet and exercise, to make the condition less severe.

Dosage

Dosage of Bystolic will depend on your condition and medical history among other factors. Your doctor will prescribe you the dosage most suited for you.

Take Bystolic exactly as your doctor prescribes. This medication must be taken regularly to treat hypertension. Do not change the dosage or stop using the drug without consulting your doctor first.

Take Bystolic tablets orally. Swallow the pills whole without breaking, crushing or chewing.

Do not suddenly stop taking Bystolic. Doing so can cause chest pain or lead to a heart attack.

You can take Bystolic tablets with or without food.

Do not take two or more doses of Bystolic at the same time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s time for your next dose.

Side Effects

Bystolic may result in any of the following side effects:

Chest pain
Nausea
Headache
Dizziness
Diarrhea
Insomnia/ difficulty falling or staying asleep
Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
Fatigue or tiredness
Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
Peripheral edema (leg swelling due to fluid retention)
Rash

Tell your doctor right away if any of the above side effects get worse or don’t go away.

Bystolic may mask symptoms of low blood sugar and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) like fast heartbeat. You must be on alert for these symptoms. Immediately consult with your doctor if you gain weight or experience breathing problems when taking Bystolic.

Precautions

Do not take Bystolic if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug, have severe liver damage, have a slow or irregular heartbeat or have experienced heart failure recently. Ask your doctor if Bystolic is safe to take given your medical history.

Bystolic may react adversely with the following drugs: certain CYP2D6 inhibitors (such as antiarrhythmics and antidepressants), other beta blockers, digitalis, certain calcium channel blockers (such as verapamil) and antiarrhythmic agents. Tell your doctor all types of prescription and nonprescription medications, supplements and vitamins you are on before taking Bystolic.

Self-Care

If you feel dizzy when taking Bystolic, sit down to avoid falling. Do not drive or engage in similar activities if Bystolic causes dizziness. Tell your doctor if dizziness becomes unbearable.

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