Part of a class of drugs called beta blockers, Bystolic® (nebivolol) is used to lower high blood pressure in adults. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken by mouth once a day. Bystolic tablets come in the following strengths:
Bystolic 2.5 mg
Bystolic 5 mg
Bystolic 10 mg.
You do not need to eat before taking the tablets. Bystolic can cause an upset stomach in some people, however, so you may want to take the drug with a meal if it seems to bother your stomach. You should take Bystolic at the same time each day to maintain an even level of medicine in your system.
At lower doses in most people, Bystolic helps to block a specific type of beta receptor called beta-1 receptors (at higher doses, it also blocks beta-2 receptors). This action can help decrease heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
(Click Bystolic for more information about the specific effects of Bystolic, to find out more about when and how to take this drug, and to learn about the side effects associated with this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed November 5, 2008.
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