Bystolic is used for treating high blood pressure in adults. The medication helps to block a specific type of beta receptor called beta-1 receptor. As a result, there is a decrease in heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend off-label Bystolic uses, such as treating angina, anxiety, and hyperthyroidism.
Bystolic® (nebivolol) is a prescription beta blocker medication approved for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
When your blood pressure is measured, the results are given as a combination of two numbers (for example, 120/80, said as "120 over 80"). The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 with multiple blood pressure measurements. Multiple measurements (preferably on different days) are necessary because blood pressure naturally varies quite a bit, and it is necessary to measure it multiple times to make sure there really is a problem.
In clinical studies, Bystolic has been shown to significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The higher the Bystolic dosage, the greater the drop in blood pressure is expected to be. By lowering blood pressure, Bystolic is thought to decrease the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure), although long-term studies have not yet been performed with this medication. Bystolic does not, however, cure high blood pressure.