FAQs

  • What is high blood pressure?
  • "Blood pressure" is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. When you have high blood pressure, your heart is working harder than normal to pump blood through your body. If blood pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.
  • What is normal blood pressure?
  • Normal blood pressure for adults is lower than 120 systolic over 80 diastolic—written as 120/80 mm Hg.
  • What causes high blood pressure?
  • For 85% to 95% of people with high blood pressure, the cause of their high blood pressure is not known.
  • What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?
  • The likelihood of high blood pressure increases with age.
  • What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
  • Often people with high blood pressure experience no symptoms unless their blood pressure is extremely high or they have had high blood pressure for a long time. It's important to remember that, if left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to serious complications.
  • How is high blood pressure diagnosed?
  • During a regular physical exam, a healthcare provider uses a sphygmomanometer to check blood pressure. This common device should be familiar to you: it consists of a cuff that has a bulb attached to it. The healthcare provider fastens the cuff around your upper arm, then inflates the cuff by squeezing the bulb. The healthcare provider then releases the air from the cuff and listens with a stethoscope for the sound of blood passing through the blood vessels. The pressure at which the sound is first heard is called systolic blood pressure. The pressure at which the sound can no longer be heard is called diastolic blood pressure.
  • What are the stages of high blood pressure?
  • Blood Pressure Category
    Systolic
    mm Hg (top number)
     
    Diastolic
    mm Hg (bottom number)
    Normal
    Less than 120
    and
    Less than 80
    Prehypertension
    120-139
    or
    80-89
    High Blood Pressure
    (Hypertension) Stage I
    140-159
    or
    90-99
    High Blood Pressure
    (Hypertension) Stage II
    160 or higher
    or
    100 or higher
    Hypertensive Crisis
    180 or higher
    or
    110 or higher
  • Where can I get support for dealing with high blood pressure?
  • It helps to have someone in your life who understands your condition and knows why you have to make lifestyle changes. Make sure you share your feelings with people you love and get their support. You may even want to find a support group in your area. See the Associations and Organizations page of this website for additional resources.
  • What are the treatment options for high blood pressure?
  • People with high blood pressure are urged to change their diet, exercise regularly, reduce dietary sodium, and limit alcohol consumption. If these changes aren't effective enough, your doctor may prescribe a medicine like BYSTOLIC.

    While medicines work well for many people, not all medicines work well for everyone. If you feel that you are experiencing problems with your current medications, please speak with your doctor.

    You should know that even with medication, making healthy lifestyle choices is recommended to help lower your blood pressure; it may help improve your overall health and make you feel better.

    Learn more about high blood pressure treatment options.

    Learn more about BYSTOLIC.

  • How may BYSTOLIC help lower blood pressure?
  • BYSTOLIC may work in a number of possible ways to help reduce blood pressure. These ways may include allowing the heart to beat more slowly and less forcefully and relaxing blood vessels so blood flows more easily.

    Within the last decade, BYSTOLIC has been studied in many clinical trials. BYSTOLIC has demonstrated efficacy in Black, Caucasian, Hispanic, older and younger adults, and male and female patients, and patients with Stage I and Stage II hypertension (high blood pressure).

    BYSTOLIC lowered diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) and systolic blood pressure (the top number) when taken alone.

    For most people, BYSTOLIC is taken once a day, alone or with other high blood pressure medicines, and with or without food. As with any medication, follow your doctor's instructions when taking BYSTOLIC. Generally, most people starting on BYSTOLIC will take 5 mg, once daily. Your doctor might increase your dose if you need greater blood pressure reduction.

  • What are the possible side effects of BYSTOLIC?
  • The most common side effects reported by people taking BYSTOLIC in clinical studies are headache, fatigue (tiredness), dizziness (if you feel dizzy, sit or lie down and tell your doctor right away), diarrhea, nausea, insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep), chest pain, bradycardia (slow heartbeat), dyspnea (shortness of breath), rash, and peripheral edema (leg swelling due to fluid retention).

    This is not a complete list of side effects. Side effects were experienced by ≥1% of patients in 3 trials that compared the effects of BYSTOLIC versus placebo.

    Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or don't go away.

    Pooled results from three U.S. phase III, 3-month, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trials of BYSTOLIC monotherapy for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension (N=2016; n=1802).

  • Can BYSTOLIC be added to other medicines?
  • BYSTOLIC is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called beta blockers. BYSTOLIC is used, often with other medicines, to treat adults with high blood pressure (hypertension).

    Treatment options for high blood pressure include beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, CCBs, and diuretics. BYSTOLIC can be taken with many commonly prescribed high blood pressure medications. In clinical trials, blood pressure reductions were seen in people who took BYSTOLIC combined with ACE inhibitors, ARBs, and/or diuretics.

    To avoid a potentially serious or life-threatening condition, tell your doctor if you are taking or plan to take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal products, including:

    • Certain CYP2D6 inhibitors (such as some antiarrhythmics like quinidine or propafenone or certain antidepressants such as fluoxetine or paroxetine, etc)
    • Other beta blockers
    • Digitalis
    • Certain calcium channel blockers (such as verapamil and diltiazem)
    • Antiarrhythmic agents (such as disopyramide)

    Ask your doctor for additional information about combining medicines.

Note: BYSTOLIC is only approved for the treatment of high blood pressure.

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What is BYSTOLIC?

BYSTOLIC is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called “beta blockers.” BYSTOLIC is used, often with other medicines, to treat adults with high blood pressure (hypertension). BYSTOLIC is not approved for use in children under 18 years of age.

What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

Blood pressure is the force in your blood vessels when your heart beats and when your heart rests. You have high blood pressure when the force is too great.

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body and causes damage to the blood vessels. BYSTOLIC tablets can help your blood vessels relax so your blood pressure is lower. Medicines that lower your blood pressure lower your chance of having a stroke or heart attack.

Important Risk Information about BYSTOLIC
What is BYSTOLIC?

BYSTOLIC is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called “beta blockers.” BYSTOLIC is used, often with other medicines, to treat adults with high blood pressure (hypertension). BYSTOLIC is not approved for use in children under 18 years of age.

Important Risk Information about BYSTOLIC
Who should NOT take BYSTOLIC?

Do not take BYSTOLIC if you:

  • Have heart failure and are in the ICU or need medicines to keep up your blood circulation.
  • Have a slow heartbeat or your heart skips beats (irregular heartbeat)
  • Have severe liver damage
  • Are allergic to any ingredient in BYSTOLIC. The active ingredient is nebivolol.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking BYSTOLIC?

Before starting BYSTOLIC, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have asthma or other lung problems (such as bronchitis or emphysema)
  • Have problems with blood flow in your feet and legs (peripheral vascular disease). BYSTOLIC can make symptoms of blood flow problems worse.
  • Have diabetes and take medicine to control blood sugar
  • Have thyroid problems
  • Have liver or kidney problems
  • Have had allergic reactions to medications or have allergies
  • Have a condition called pheochromocytoma (rare adrenal gland tumor)
  • Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. It is not known if BYSTOLIC is safe for your unborn baby. Talk with your doctor about the best way to treat your high blood pressure while you are pregnant.
  • Are breastfeeding. It is not known if BYSTOLIC passes into your breast milk. You should not breastfeed while using BYSTOLIC.
  • Are scheduled for surgery and will be given anesthetic agents
  • Have had acute angina (symptoms include chest pain or discomfort) or an MI (heart attack) as BYSTOLIC has not been studied in patients with these conditions.

Also, to avoid a potentially serious or life-threatening condition, tell your healthcare provider if you are taking or plan to take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal products, including:

  • Certain CYP2D6 inhibitors (such as some antiarrhythmics like quinidine or propafenone or certain antidepressants such as fluoxetine or paroxetine, etc).
  • Other beta blockers
  • Digitalis
  • Certain calcium channel blockers (such as verapamil and diltiazem)
  • Antiarrhythmic agents (such as disopyramide)
What are the possible side effects of BYSTOLIC?

The most common side effects people taking BYSTOLIC report are headache, fatigue (tiredness), dizziness (if you feel dizzy, sit or lie down and tell your doctor right away), diarrhea, nausea, insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep), chest pain, bradycardia (slow heartbeat), dyspnea (shortness of breath), rash, and peripheral edema (leg swelling due to fluid retention). Other possible side effects include masking (hiding) the symptoms of low blood sugar and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), especially a fast heartbeat. Tell your doctor if you gain weight or have trouble breathing while taking BYSTOLIC.

This is not a complete list of side effects. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

What other information do I need to know about taking BYSTOLIC?

  • Do not stop taking BYSTOLIC suddenly. You could have chest pain or a heart attack. If your doctor decides that you should stop taking BYSTOLIC, he or she will lower your dose slowly and over time.
  • Take BYSTOLIC every day exactly as your doctor tells you. Your doctor will tell you how much BYSTOLIC to take and how often. Your doctor may start with a low dose and raise it over time.
  • Do not stop taking BYSTOLIC or change your dose without talking with your doctor.
  • BYSTOLIC can be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose, take your dose as soon as you remember, unless it is close to the time to take your next dose. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. Take your next dose at the usual time.
  • If you take too much BYSTOLIC, call your doctor or poison control center right away.
What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

Blood pressure is the force in your blood vessels when your heart beats and when your heart rests. You have high blood pressure when the force is too great.

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body and causes damage to the blood vessels. BYSTOLIC tablets can help your blood vessels relax so your blood pressure is lower. Medicines that lower your blood pressure lower your chance of having a stroke or heart attack.

Please also see full Prescribing Information.

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