Ziac Medication Information
Ziac® (bisoprolol and hydrochlorothiazide) is a prescription medicine approved to treat high blood pressure. It contains two different medications: bisoprolol fumarate and hydrochlorothiazide.
Bisoprolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta blockers. It helps to block a specific type of beta receptor, called beta-1 receptors. By blocking beta-1 receptors, bisoprolol decreases both heart rate and blood pressure.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." It works by increasing the amount of salt and water that the kidneys remove from the blood, which causes a decrease in blood volume. Because of this effect, hydrochlorothiazide can lower blood pressure and help with water retention.
To help ensure safe treatment with this medication, information on Ziac should be discussed with your healthcare provider beforehand. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, heart failure, or gout (the medication could worsen these conditions). You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; the full risks of using Ziac during pregnancy and breastfeeding are not currently known.
(Click Ziac for more information on this medication, including other warnings and precautions, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects to be aware of.)