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Can the elderly take nebivolol?

Yes, your elderly parent can take nebivolol, the active ingredient in the brand drug Bystolic. It is a medicine used to control high blood pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agents. Studies of nebivolol included people older than 65 and found no differences in efficacy or side effects when compared to younger patients in the study. Make sure that your parent takes nebivolol at the same time every day so it is not forgotten. When beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agents, including nebivolol, are stopped suddenly it can cause severe chest pain (angina), an abnormal heart rhythm (ventricular arrhythmia) or heart attack. If your parent needs to be taken off the medicine for any reason, the doctor will slowly taper the dose over a two-week period.

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