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How Bisoprolol Works and Other Indications

How Does This Medication 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 in most people, bisoprolol 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, the medication causes the reverse effect of stress hormones. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
 

Bisoprolol Use in Children or Teens

Bisoprolol is not approved for use in children or teens. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using bisoprolol in children.
 

Is Bisoprolol Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than high blood pressure. Sometimes, bisoprolol is used off-label for the following uses:
 
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