Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Bisoprolol
Last updated on 09/07/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Bisoprolol
CHINESE NAME: 畢索洛爾
BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Concor 康忻
DRUG CLASS: Antihypertensives
SUB CLASS: Beta-blockers
USED FOR: High blood pressure, chronic heart failure, prevention and treatment of angina
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 6.25 mg, 10 mg (tablets)
What is Bisoprolol for?
Bisoprolol belongs to a class of medications called beta-blockers. It slows down the activity of your heart by stopping the transmission of messages from the nerves to your heart. It acts on the heart and blood vessels and therefore reduces blood pressure. Bisoprolol is used in heart conditions such as chronic heart failure and angina.
How to use it?
Bisoprolol can be taken by mouth, with or without food.
High blood pressure, Angina
Initially 5 mg once daily, adjusted according to response. Usual dosage is 10 mg once daily. Maximum dosage is 20 mg daily.
Chronic heart failure
Initially 1.25 mg once daily, which may be doubled after 1 week if tolerated, then gradually increase at intervals of 1-4 weeks. Maximum dosage is 10 mg once daily.
What are the side effects of Bisoprolol?
Common side effects of Bisoprolol include slow heartbeat, oedema, depression, dizziness, shortness of breath, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, headache, and heart failure.
Who should not take Bisoprolol?
– People allergic to Bisoprolol, other beta-blockers or any component of the formulation
– Patients with asthma, cardiogenic shock, low blood pressure, heart rate slower than normal, metabolic acidosis, second- or third-degree heart block
– This medication can make you dizzy. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Bisoprolol.
– Continue taking Bisoprolol even when you feel well.
– If you have diabetes, carefully monitor your blood sugar level as Bisoprolol may mask the symptoms of hypoglycaemia.
Common dosing schedule:
Bisoprolol is taken once daily. It may be taken with or without food.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Bisoprolol may interact with:
– Sympathomimetics, e.g. Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Pseudoephedrine
– Tricyclic antidepressants, e.g. Amitriptyline, Doxepin
– Other medicines for treating hypertension, such as nitrates and calcium channel blockers
– Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, e.g. Fluoxetine, Sertraline
– Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. Ibuprofen, Ketorolac, Mefenamic Acid
Bisoprolol can interact with a number of drugs. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
Where to buy Bisoprolol in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Bisoprolol is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Bisoprolol in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.