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How Bisoprolol Works and What Your Doctor Needs to Know

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking bisoprolol if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Bisoprolol Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Bisoprolol Work?

Bisoprolol 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:
 
At lower doses, bisoprolol can help 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, the medication causes the reverse effect of stress hormones. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
 
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