Ensure that when consulting your doctor, you tell them about any other medications you are taking. Some drugs may interact with bisoprolol and cause dangerous side effects, and in addition some drugs can interfere with how it works.
These can include:
- other blood pressure medications, including other beta-blockers, which if combined can reduce blood pressure to dangerous levels (although you may be taking more than one blood pressure medication if guided to do so by your doctor)
- heart rhythm drugs
- muscle relaxants
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- cough and allergy medicine that contains pseudoephedrine
- diabetes medication
It’s common to take over the counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen for pain relief. Make sure you consult with your doctor because these drugs can stop bisoprolol from working well. Your doctor may need to adjust your dosage to correct this.
Bisoprolol and erectile dysfunction
For men affected by erectile dysfunction (ED), Viagra is a common treatment. However, Viagra can lower blood pressure further when taken with bisoprolol. It’s possible to have low blood pressure symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, headache, and rapid heart rate. Contact your doctor if these symptoms occur.
Bisoprolol and asthma
Patients with stable asthma may be able to safely use bisoprolol. Those with more severe or unstable asthma should not use bisoprolol as it can cause the worsening of asthma symptoms. It has also been found that asthma symptoms may worsen with the first dose.
Inform your doctor of all medication you are taking including prescription, over the counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions so do consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications.
Can I drink on bisoprolol?
It is usually safe to drink alcohol while taking bisoprolol, but it is not recommended. Alcohol can lower your blood pressure, which when combined with the effects of bisoprolol could cause side effects such as dizziness or lightheadedness.This effect can be experienced more intensely when you first start taking bisoprolol, or if you start taking a higher dose.
Coronavirus and bisoprolol
Studies have shown that there is no increased chance of getting a positive Covid-19 test result, or experiencing severe Covid-19 in those that do test positive, if taking 5 of the most common antihypertensive medications. This includes beta-blockers like bisoprolol. Beta-blockers like bisoprolol are considered safe for use and should not be stopped unless suggested by your doctor who should prescribe an alternate medication.
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