ATC Code C07AB12
Formula C22H25F2NO4
Molar Mass (g·mol−1) 405.442
Melting Point (°C) 223-228
PKS Value 8.13
CAS Number 118457-14-0
PUB Number 71301
Drugbank ID DB04861
Solubility 0.091g/100mL


Nebivolol is a drug from the group of beta-blockers. It is used to treat heart failure and hypertension. However, due to the availability of better alternatives, beta-blockers are no longer the first choice in the treatment of primary hypertension. They are taken perorally in the form of tablets.

Nebivolol was patented by Menarini and Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1983 and first approved in 1997.



Nebivolol blocks β1- and β2-receptors, with many times greater selectivity for β1-receptors. A blockade of β1-receptors prevents endogenous ligands epinephrine and norepinephrine from binding to these receptors. These normally increase the frequency and force of the heartbeat. Blockade by nebivolol restores the abnormally increased heart rate to normal and allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently into the circulation. By blocking the β2-receptors, the smooth muscle of the blood vessels relaxes, resulting in a decrease in blood pressure. However, due to the high selectivity for β1-receptors, this effect is not very pronounced.


Absorption of nebivolol is not influenced by food intake. The maximum plasma level is reached after approximately 2-4 hours. The drug is 98% bound to serum albumin. Excretion occurs in both urine and stool. The half-life is about 12 hours.

Metabolism occurs in the liver and is catalyzed primarily by the enzyme CYP2D6. Due to genetic variations in the population, there are individuals who produce increased or decreased amounts of this enzyme. This can lead to considerable variations in the active ingredient in these individuals, which can influence the effect. Especially in the so-called "poor CYP2D6 metabolizers" (too little CYP2D6 present), increased plasma levels and thus increased undesirable side effects may occur after taking nebivolol. This particularly affects parts of the Caucasian population and individuals of African descent.

Drug interactions

Simultaneous intake with substances that are also degraded by CYP2D6 or intake of substances that inhibit or induce CYP2D6 may lead to altered serum concentrations. This may result in increased side effects or a lack of effect.


Side effects

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased blood flow to extremities
  • Bradycardia


  • Severe bradycardia
  • Heart block greater than first degree
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Decompensated heart failure
  • Sick sinus syndrome (unless a permanent pacemaker is present)
  • Patients with severe hepatic impairment
  • Hypersensitivity to nebivolol
Markus Falkenstätter

Markus Falkenstätter

Markus Falkenstätter ist Autor zu pharmazeutischen Themen in der Medizin-Redaktion von Medikamio. Er befindet sich im letzten Semester seines Pharmaziestudiums an der Universität Wien und liebt das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten im Bereich der Naturwissenschaften.

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer

Stefanie Lehenauer ist seit 2020 freie Autorin bei Medikamio und studierte Pharmazie an der Universität Wien. Sie arbeitet als Apothekerin in Wien und ihre Leidenschaft sind pflanzliche Arzneimittel und deren Wirkung.

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