A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Cardicor, Concor in the UK
Chemical Name: BISOPROLOL (bis-OH-proe-lol)
Bisoprolol is used to treat the condition of hypertension that is high blood pressure. It belongs to the family of drugs known as beta-blockers. It is extremely important to have lower high blood pressure and bring it to a normal level because it can lead to serious diseases such as kidney problems, heart strokes, and even heart failure. Bisoprolol works by restricting the action of certain chemicals responsible for transmission of signals in the body, known as neurotransmitters, on the heart and related to blood vessels. By doing so, it maintains blood pressure, heart rate as well as the strain on the heart.
This medication needs to be taken orally with a glass of water. You may choose to take it with or without food. The normal dosage of Zebeta is once per day. However, it may vary according to the medical condition of the patient. It is important to take the medicine regularly and preferably at the same time, each day to get the best of results.
There are two different dosages available of this drug; bisoprolol 5 mg and bisoprolol 10 mg. The ingredients for the drug include Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Hypromellose, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Polyethylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, and Titanium Dioxide. The 5 mg tablets also contain Red and Yellow Iron Oxide.
There are a few side effects of Zebeta, but they tend to go away once the treatment is completed. All medicines must be taken in the exact amount prescribed by the doctor to avoid any serious side effects due to underdose or overdose. Mentioned below are few common side effects of Zebeta: