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    Information about Nebivolol

    Nebivolol uses

    Nebivolol is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Heart failure.

    How nebivolol works

    Nebivolol is a beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It works by slowing down the heart rate and makes the heart more efficient at pumping blood around the body.

    Common side effects of nebivolol

    Nausea, Headache, Fatigue, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Cold extremities
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    MDS (Oral Pathology & Microbiology), BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    13 Jun 2019 | 05:34 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Nebivolol

    • It may cause dizziness. If this happens to you, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
    • It can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you are diabetic. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.
    • Do not stop taking Nebivolol suddenly as it can cause your blood pressure to rise suddenly, thereby increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

    Frequently asked questions for Nebivolol


    Q. How long does Nebivolol take to start working?

    After 1 to 2 weeks of starting Nebivolol your blood pressure may decrease. However, it may take 4 weeks to see full benefits.

    Q. Now that my blood pressure has become normal, can I stop taking Nebivolol?

    No, you should not stop taking Nebivolol even if you start feeling better. Nebivolol controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. If you stop Nebivolol suddenly, you may increase your chances of having angina, heart attack, or irregular heart-beat. Talk to your doctor who may advise you to decrease the dose gradually over 1 to 2 weeks.

    Q. What can happen if I take more than the recommended doses of Nebivolol?

    Taking more than the recommended doses of Nebivolol may cause very slow heart-beat, low blood pressure with possible fainting, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, and acute heart failure. In case you take excess of Nebivolol, contact your doctor immediately.

    Q. Can Nebivolol be taken if I am taking ibuprofen?

    You have to be careful while taking both ibuprofen and Nebivolol and keep monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis. The reason being, ibuprofen may interfere with the working of Nebivolol and your blood pressure may increase. Similarly, discontinuing ibuprofen may decrease your blood pressure. This is usually seen in cases where ibuprofen is used for a longer time.

    Q. I am a diabetic. Can taking Nebivolol affect my blood sugar levels?

    No, Nebivolol does not have any effect on blood sugar levels. However, keep tracking your blood sugar levels because use of Nebivolol may mask the symptoms of low blood sugar levels, like fast heartbeat and palpitations.

    Q. Can Nebivolol be given to old age patients?

    Yes, Nebivolol can be given to patients who are 65 or above, but strictly as per the doctor’s advice. In this patient group, the doctor would recommend to start with lowest dose and gradually reach the desired dosage. In patients who are 75 years or older, close monitoring of blood pressure is required.

    Q. What is the risk associated with Nebivolol if I take it during pregnancy?

    Nebivolol should not be used during pregnancy since it decreases blood supply to the unborn baby which can result in death of the child in the womb. Decreased blood supply can slow down or retard the growth of the baby and may even lead to abortion or early labor. Inform your doctor that you are using Nebivolol if you have become pregnant, so that the doctor can change your medication.

    Q. Does Nebivolol cause weight gain?

    No, Nebivolol has not been reported to cause weight gain. Talk to your doctor if you experience weight gain while taking Nebivolol as it could be due to some other underlying condition.

    Q. Does Nebivolol cause fatigue?

    Nebivolol may cause fatigue (tiredness) and dizziness. Be very cautious while driving or using any machines or tools. Talk to your doctor if you have these problems while taking Nebivolol.

    Q. Does Nebivolol cross the blood-brain barrier?

    Yes, Nebivolol crosses the blood-brain barrier due to its lipophilic nature. Its lipophilic nature makes it capable to combine with lipids and fats. So, it is effective in the treatment of migraine and essential tremors. This could also cause higher chances of central nervous system effects such as lethargy, confusion, and depression.

    Content on this page was last updated on 13 June, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)