Bisoprolol is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure. If you have high blood pressure, taking bisoprolol helps prevent future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Bisoprolol is also used to prevent chest pain caused by angina. It’s also used to treat atrial fibrillation and other conditions that cause an irregular heartbeat.
This medicine is only available on prescription. It comes as tablets
Who can and can’t take bisoprolol?
Bisoprolol can be taken by adults aged 18 and over. It isn’t suitable for everyone.
To make sure it’s safe for you, tell your doctor before starting bisoprolol if you have:
- had an allergic reaction to bisoprolol or any other medicine in the past
- low blood pressure (hypotension) or a slow heart rate
- heart failure that’s getting worse, heart disease, or you have recently had a heart attack
- severe blood circulation problems in your limbs (such as Raynaud’s), which may make your fingers and toes tingle or turn pale or blue
- metabolic acidosis – when there’s too much acid in your blood
- a lung disease or severe asthma
Like all medicines, bisoprolol can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones.
Side effects often improve as your body gets used to the medicine.
Common side effects
These common side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people. They’re usually mild and shortlived.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or last more than a few days:
- feeling dizzy or weak
- cold hands or feet
- feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) or diarrhoea