Bystolic has been thoroughly evaluated in clinical studies. These studies showed that it reduced systolic blood pressure by up to 11.7 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by up to 8.3 mmHg, on average, in people with mild to moderate high blood pressure. One study also showed that Bystolic can provide a further reduction when added to other blood pressure medications.
Some general considerations for those taking Bystolic include the following:
- Bystolic comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take it with a meal or on an empty stomach. If the medication seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with food.
- You can take Bystolic at any time of the day. However, it is best to take it at the same time each day.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Bystolic will not work if you stop taking it.
- In general, this medication should not be stopped suddenly, as serious problems (including heart attacks) may result.
The dose of Bystolic your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your high blood pressure
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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