Bisoprolol Fumarate 1.25mg Tablets

Package leaflet: Information for the user

Bisoprolol Fumarate 1.25 mg Tablets Bisoprolol Fumarate 2.5 mg Tablets Bisoprolol Fumarate 3.75 mg Tablets

Bisoprolol fumarate

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

-    Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

-    If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or your pharmacist.

-    This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.

-    If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

1.    What [Bisoprolol Fumarate] is and what it is used for

2.    What you need to know before you take [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

3.    How to take [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

4.    Possible side effects

5.    How to store [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

6.    Contents of the pack and other Information

1.    What Bisoprolol Fumarate is and what it is used for

The active substance in [Bisoprolol Fumarate] is bisoprolol. Bisoprolol belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blocking agents. These medicines work by affecting the body's response to some nerve impulses, especially in the heart. As a result, bisoprolol slows down the heart rate and makes the heart more efficient at pumping blood around the body.

Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weak and unable to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. Bisoprolol Fumarate is used to treat stable chronic heart failure.

It is used in combination with other medicines suitable for this condition (such as ACE-inhibitors, diuretics, and heart glycosides).

2.    What you need to know before you take [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

DO NOT take [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

Do not take [Bisoprolol Fumarate] if one of the following conditions applies to you:

-    hypersensitivity to bisoprolol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)

-    severe asthma or severe chronic lung disease

-    severe blood circulation problems in your limbs (such as Raynaud’s syndrome), which may cause your fingers and toes to tingle or turn pale or blue

-    untreated phaeochromocytoma, which is a rare tumour of the adrenal gland

-    metabolic acidosis, which is a condition when there is too much acid in the blood

Do not take [Bisoprolol Fumarate] if you have one of the following heart problems:

-    acute heart failure

-    worsening heart failure requiring injection of medicines into a vein, that increase the force of contraction of the heart

-    slow heart rate

-    low blood pressure

-    certain heart conditions causing a very slow heart rate or irregular heartbeat

-    cardiogenic shock, which is an acute serious heart condition causing low blood pressure and circulatory failure

Warnings and precautions

If you have any of the following conditions, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine; he or she may want to take special care (for example give additional treatment or perform more frequent checks):

-    diabetes

-    strict fasting

-    certain heart diseases such as disturbances in heart rhythm, or severe chest pain at rest (Prinzmetal’s angina)

-    kidney or liver problems

-    less severe blood circulation problems in your limbs

-    less severe asthma or chronic lung disease

-    history of a scaly skin rash (psoriasis)

-    tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma)

-    thyroid disorder

In addition, tell your doctor if you are going to have:

-    desensitization therapy (for example for the prevention of hay fever), because [Bisoprolol Fumarate] may make it more likely that you experience an allergic reaction, or such reaction may be more severe

-    anaesthesia (for example for surgery), because [Bisoprolol Fumarate] may influence how your body reacts to this situation.


[Bisoprolol Fumarate] is not recommended for use in children.

Other medicines and [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.

Do not take the following medicines with [Bisoprolol Fumarate] without special advice from your doctor:

-    Certain medicines used to treat irregular or abnormal heartbeat (Class I antiarrhythmic medicines such as quinidine, disopyramide, lidocaine, phenytoin, flecainide, propafenone)

-    Certain medicines used to treat high blood pressure, angina pectoris or irregular heartbeat (calcium antagonists such as verapamil and diltiazem)

-    Certain medicines used to treat high blood pressure such as clonidine, methyldopa, moxonodine, rilmenidine. However, do not stop taking these medicines without checking with your doctor first.

Check with your doctor before taking the following medicines with [Bisoprolol Fumarate]; your doctor may need to check your condition more frequently:

-    Certain medicines used to treat high blood pressure or angina pectoris (dihydropyridine-type calcium antagonists such as felodipine and amlodipine)

-    Certain medicines used to treat irregular or abnormal heartbeat (Class III antiarrhythmic medicines such as amiodarone)

-    Beta-blocking agents applied locally (such as timolol eye drops for glaucoma treatment)

-    Certain medicines used to treat for example Alzheimer’s disease or glaucoma (parasympathomimetics such as tacrine or carbachol) or medicines that are used to treat acute heart problems (sympathomimetics such as isoprenaline and dobutamine)

-    Antidiabetic medicines including insulin

-    Anaesthetic agents (for example during surgery)

-    Digitalis, used to treat heart failure

-    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) used to treat arthritis, pain or inflammation (for example ibuprofen or diclofenac)

-    Any medicine, which can lower blood pressure as a desired or undesired effect such as antihypertensives, certain medicines for depression (tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine or amitriptyline), certain medicines used to treat epilepsy or during anaesthesia (barbiturates such as phenobarbital), or certain medicines to treat mental illness characterized by a loss of contact with reality (phenothiazines such as levomepromazine)

-    Mefloquine, used for prevention or treatment of malaria

-    Depression treatment medicines called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (except MAO-B inhibitors) such as moclobemide

Taking [Bisoprolol Fumarate] with food and drink

[Bisoprolol Fumarate] should be taken in the morning, before, with or after breakfast. The tablets should be swallowed whole with liquid and should not be chewed or crushed.

Avoid drinking excessive alcohol, since it may increase the blood pressure-lowering effect of Bisoprolol. Avoid drinking alcohol altogether, if it makes you more dizzy or more light-headed than usual.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:

There is a risk that use of [Bisoprolol Fumarate] during pregnancy may harm the baby. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine. He or she will decide whether you can take this medicine during pregnancy.

It is not known whether bisoprolol passes into human breast milk. Therefore, breastfeeding is not recommended during therapy with [Bisoprolol Fumarate].

Driving and using machines

Your ability to drive or use machinery may be affected depending on how well you tolerate the medicine. Please be especially cautious at the start of treatment, when the dose is increased or the medication is changed, as well as in combination with alcohol.

3. How to take [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or your pharmacist if you are not sure.

Treatment with [Bisoprolol Fumarate] requires regular monitoring by your doctor. This is particularly necessary at the start of treatment, during dose increase and when you stop treatment.

Take the tablet with some water in the morning, with or without food. Do not crush or chew the tablet.

Treatment with [Bisoprolol Fumarate] is usually long-term.

Adults including the elderly

Treatment with bisoprolol must be started at a low dose and increased gradually.

Your doctor will decide how to increase the dose, and this will normally be done in the following way:

-    1.25 mg bisoprolol once daily for one week

-    2.5 mg bisoprolol once daily for one week

-    3.75 mg bisoprolol once daily for one week

-    5 mg bisoprolol once daily for four weeks

-    7.5 mg bisoprolol once daily for four weeks

-    10 mg bisoprolol once daily for maintenance (on-going) therapy

The maximum recommended daily dose is 10 mg bisoprolol.

Depending on how well you tolerate the medicine, your doctor may also decide to lengthen the time between dose increases. If your condition gets worse or you no longer tolerate the drug, it may be necessary to reduce the dose again or to interrupt treatment. In some patients a maintenance dose lower than 10 mg bisoprolol may be sufficient.

Your doctor will tell you what to do.

If you have to stop treatment entirely, your doctor will usually advise you to reduce the dose gradually, as otherwise your condition may become worse.

Renal or liver disease

The dosage should be increased very gradually and cautiously in patients with severe kidney or liver problems

If you take more [Bisoprolol Fumarate] than you should

If you have taken more [Bisoprolol Fumarate] than you should, tell your doctor or local emergency ward immediately. Take this leaflet and any tablets you still have with you. Your doctor will decide what measures are necessary.

Symptoms of an overdose may include slowed heart rate, severe difficulty in breathing feeling dizzy, or trembling (due to decreased blood sugar).

If you forget to take [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Take your usual dose the next morning.

If you stop taking [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

Never stop taking [Bisoprolol Fumarate] unless on your doctor’s advice. Otherwise your condition could become much worse.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

To prevent serious reactions, speak to a doctor immediately if a side effect is severe, occurred suddenly or gets worse rapidly. The most serious side effects are related to the heart function:

- slowing of heart rate (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

- worsening of heart failure (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

-    slow or irregular heartbeat (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

If you feel dizzy or weak, or have breathing difficulties please contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Further side effects are listed below according to how frequently they may occur:

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

-    tiredness, feeling weak, dizziness, headache

-    feeling of coldness or numbness in hands or feet

-    low blood pressure

-    stomach or intestine problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, or constipation

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

-    sleep disturbances

-    depression

-    dizziness when standing up

-    breathing problems in patients with asthma or chronic lung disease

-    muscle weakness, muscle cramps

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):

-    hearing problems

-    allergic runny nose

-    reduced tear flow

-    inflammation of the liver which can cause yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes

-    certain blood test results for liver function or fat levels differing from normal

-    allergy-like reactions such as itching, flush, rash

-    impaired erection

-    nightmares, hallucinations

-    fainting

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):

-    irritation and redness of the eye (conjunctivitis)

-    hair loss

-    appearance or worsening of scaly skin rash (psoriasis); psoriasis-like rash

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme Website: By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5.    How to store [Bisoprolol Fumarate]

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away of medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6.    Contents of the pack and other Information

What Bisoprolol Fumarate contains

The active substance is bisoprolol fumarate.

Each 1.25 mg tablet contains 1.25 mg bisoprolol fumarate.

Each 2.5 mg tablet contains 2.5 mg bisoprolol fumarate.

Each 3.75 mg tablet contains 3.75 mg bisoprolol fumarate.

The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, sodium starch glycolate (type A) and magnesium stearate.

What [Bisoprolol Fumarate] look like and contents of the pack

[Bisoprolol Fumarate] 1.25 mg tablets are white to off white round biconvex tablets. [Bisoprolol Fumarate] 2.5 mg tablets are white to off white round biconvex tablets with a break line on one side.

[Bisoprolol Fumarate] 3.75 mg tablets are white to off white round biconvex tablets.

They come in packs of 10, 20, 28, 30, 50, 56, 60, 90 and 100 tablets (not all pack sizes may be marketed).

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:

The marketing authorisation holder is STADA Arzneimittel AG, STADAstra&e 2 - 18, 61118 Bad Vilbel, Germany

The manufacturer is Chanelle Medical, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland.

This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:

United Kingdom :






The Netherlands: Sweden:

Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablets Bisoprolol EG

Bisoprolol STADA Tabletten BISOPROLOL EG comprime pellicule BISOPROLOLO EUROGENERICI compresse Bisoprolol EG

Bisoprololfumaraat CF tabletten Bisostad filmdragerade tabletter

This leaflet was last revised in September 2013.