Zebeta is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. Zebeta is prescribed to treat high blood pressure.
Zebeta works by slowing the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard.
Zebeta is prescribed alone or in combination with other drugs to treat high blood pressure.
Zebeta is in a class of drugs called beta blockers.
Zebeta is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Chest pain (angina);
- Heart or vessel disease like slow heart rate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome or Raynaud's disease;
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema;
- Thyroid disease;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Zebeta, other beta-blockers, drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Zebeta or any other medications;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications vitamins nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking Be sure to mention any of the following: calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem (Cardizem Dilacor Tiazac others) and verapamil (Calan Isoptin Verelan) clonidine (Catapres) guanethidine (Ismelin) medications for irregular heartbeat such as disopyramide (Norpace) other beta blockers reserpine (Serpalan Serpasil Serpatabs) and rifa;
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma or other lung disease a slow heart rate heart failure heart liver or kidney disease diabetes severe allergies circulation problems or an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism);
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding If you become pregnant while taking Zebeta call your doctor;
- If you are having surgery including dental surgery tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Zebeta;
- You should know that Zebeta may make you drowsy Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you;
- Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication;
Do not take Zebeta with any of the following drugs:
- Drugs for high blood pressure;
- Drugs to control heart rhythm;
Zebeta side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Breathing problems;
- Chest pain;
- Cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet;
- Irregular, slow heartbeat;
- Muscle aches and pains;
- Swollen legs or ankles;
- Change in sex drive or performance;
- Dry or burning eyes;
- Excessive tiredness;
- Muscle aches;
Reported Zebeta overdose symptoms are:
- Swelling of the hands feet ankles or lower legs;
- Unusual weight gain;
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing;
- Blurred vision;
- Numbness or tingling of the mouth;
- Extreme tiredness;
- Sudden hunger;
Dosage is tailored to each individual's needs. The usual starting dose is 5 mg once a day. If this dose is ineffective, the dose may be increased to 10 or 20 mg once a day.
If you have asthma, bronchial problems, or kidney or liver disease, the recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg a day. Extreme caution should be prescribed if the dose has to be increased.
Zebeta has not been adequately studied in children.