December 18, 2014
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Apo-Bisoprolol

(bisoprolol)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02256177 APO-BISOPROLOL 10MG TABLET
02256134 APO-BISOPROLOL 5MG TABLET

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How does Apo-Bisoprolol work? What will it do for me?

Bisoprolol belongs to the class of medications called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers reduce the workload of the heart and help it to beat more regularly by blocking the effects of certain hormones. Bisoprolol is used for the control of mild to moderate high blood pressure but does not cure the condition.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use Apo-Bisoprolol?

The usual starting dose of bisoprolol is 5 mg once daily at the same time each day, with or without food. If your blood pressure does not respond well enough to the 5 mg dose, your doctor may decide to increase the dose to 10 mg, and then if necessary to 20 mg once daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Apo-Bisoprolol come in?

5 mg
Each salmon pink, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet, scored and engraved "BIS" over "5" on one side and "APO" on the other, contains bisoprolol fumarate 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and ferric oxide.

10 mg
Each white, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet, engraved "BIS" over "10" on one side and "APO" on the other contains bisoprolol fumarate 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Apo-Bisoprolol?

Do not take bisoprolol if you:

  • are allergic to bisoprolol or any ingredients of the medication
  • have a very low heart rate
  • have cardiogenic shock or heart failure
  • have right ventricular failure due to pulmonary hypertension
  • have second or third degree AV (atrioventricular) block

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