Zebeta is often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. As a beta blocker, it works to decrease heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by blocking a specific type of beta receptor in the body. This medication comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. Potential side effects include fatigue, diarrhea, and dizziness.
Zebeta® (bisoprolol fumarate) is a prescription medication approved to treat high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension). It can be used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications.
Zebeta is made by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The generic version of this medication is made by various manufacturers.
Zebeta belongs to a group of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more often known as beta blockers. As the name implies, these medications block beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places, including the heart and blood vessels. Stress hormones (such as adrenaline) bind to these receptors and cause certain reactions in the body, such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased force with which the heart pumps blood
- Higher blood pressure (both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure)
- Constricted blood vessels.
At lower doses in most people, Zebeta helps to block a specific type of beta receptor called beta-1 receptors (at higher doses, it also blocks beta-2 receptors). By blocking beta-1 receptors, this medication causes the reverse effect of stress hormones. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.