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Zebeta Alternatives

(Bisoprolol)

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Compare Zebeta (Bisoprolol) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Zebeta (Bisoprolol) or used for similar purposes.

Zebeta
(Bisoprolol)

Tenormin
(Atenolol)

Visken
(Pindolol)

Trandate
(Labetalol)

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Lowers blood pressure. Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is usually given to people who have taken other blood pressure meds unsuccessfully or have recently had significant heart problems.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Tenormin (Atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack with fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You have to take it on an empty stomach, and you can't miss doses.Coming soon.Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.
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Reviews for Tenormin (Atenolol)
57%
16% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
48%
16% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
16%
+11% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)

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Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
62%
11% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
58%
6% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
17%
+10% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
54%
19% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
46%
18% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
18%
+9% vs. Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
Side effects
BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg

We haven’t found good data for Bisoprolol side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Bisoprolol »
  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Cold extremities 7%
  • Low mood disorder 3%
  • Vivid dreams 2%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Leg pain 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Visken side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Visken »

We haven’t found good data for labetalol side effects.

FDA side effect reports for labetalol »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
More Propranolol side effects »
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 7%
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • High blood sugar 4%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Vision abnormal 3%
  • Fainting 3%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Edema dependent 2%
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How it works
BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it work less to pump.Tenormin (Atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it less work to pump.Coming soon.Coming soon.Inderal (Propranolol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Coreg (Carvedilol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.
Type of medication
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
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BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
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Used for (click to learn more)
BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
  • Diabetes
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Heart failure
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    Detailed Zebeta (Bisoprolol) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
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    Food
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    • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
    • Take it with food.
    Kidneys and liver
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    Upsides and benefits
    BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
    • Good for protecting the heart and lowering blood pressure if you've had a heart attack.
    • Available in a generic version.
    • Also comes in combination with other medications to lower blood pressure.
    • At lower doses, Atenolol has fewer side effects than most beta blockers because it targets the heart and doesn't cross into the brain and central nervous system.
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
    • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • For people with severe heart failure, Carvedilol lowers the risk of worsening heart failure, hospitalization, and sudden death.
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
    Downsides and risks
    BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
    • This isn't a first choice medication to lower blood pressure.
    • You can't stop taking it suddenly, or else you're more likely to have a heart attack or other problems with your heart.
    • You have to take Atenolol on an empty stomach.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Atenolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
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    • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Carvedilol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    BisoprololAtenololViskenlabetalolPropranololCoreg
    • Zebeta (Bisoprolol) can make you feel dizzy the first few days you take it, so be careful driving and quickly standing up until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Don't stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor.
    • If you have diabetes, Zebeta (Bisoprolol) can make it difficult to tell if your blood sugar is low.
    • Can cause headache, fatigue, and make you more likely to get colds or the flu.
    • Take it on an empty stomach.
    • Can cause fatigue and insomnia.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
    • Take it with food.
    • Can cause fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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