Bystolic is a beta blocker released in the United States in January 2008 by Forest Pharmacuticals in conjunction with Mylan Inc. it recieved FDA approval in December 2007 but was approved and released earlier in other countries. It's formal drug name is nebivolol. It's labeled purpose which is it's primary purpose is as a medication used to regulate and lower blood pressure. It entered a market filled with many other hypertension medications, but is often cited as being one hypertension medication with the lowest incidence of side effects commonly seen with other beta blocker hypertension medications. It can also be used with other hypertension treatment programs but not other beta blockers.
These triangular shaped pills come in 2.5 mg, 5mg, and 10mg and dosing generally ranges from 5mg upwards to 40mg daily as prescribed by a doctor with the average of 10mg being effective in most cases. It has been suggested in studies that doses less then 5mg are not effective. This medication can also be taken with other hypertension medications but this mixed use would be determined by one's doctor and should be monitored regularly. This medication works by decreasing heart rate, myocardial contractility, and suppresses renin activity. Renin is released in the body to regulate levels of sodium and potassium in the blood which affects blood pressure.
Like many medications, treatment should not be stopped abruptly and in the case of hypertension medications, sudden stopping of treatment could result in a severe increase or decrease on one's blood pressure. Dosing should be monitored by a doctor and reduction in dosing should be used if it is determined that the patient should be taken off Bystolic.
Bystolic also appears to be attractive as an alternative to other beta blocking medications as studies reported that individuals had less occurances of side effects associated with beta blockers and less severe common side effects. According to label indications, the most common side affects reported were nausea, headaches, and dizziness which are quite minor compared to some medications in the same drug class.
Being a new medication (as of writing in 2008), there are always concerns that more side effects/problems will reveal themselves as was the case with some medications in the past. However it is important to note that the drug is FDA approved and is also approved for use with other hypertension treatment programs. Regular doctor's monitoring of treatment and dosing should help keep dosing correct as well as monitor for possible adverse reactions to the medication.
Bystolic could be a good choice for you if you have high blood pressure, but as always with any medication or medical treatment consult your doctor first to make sure this medication is right for you. Studies have shown that it was tolerated well by a wide array of patients and overall had less side effects then other beta blockers making it a good alternative to other beta blockers if your doctor decides that it is right for you.