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Generical name: carvedilol [KAR-ve-dil-
Names of brands: Coreg, Coreg CR
Drug class: Non-cardioselective beta blockers

What is Carvedilol?

Carvedilol is known as a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers affect heart health and circulation (blood flows through veins and arteries). Carvedilol helps treat hypertension and heart failure (high blood pressure). It can also be prescribed following an event that has caused your heart to stop pumping as efficiently. Carvedilol is also used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.


Do not take carvedilol when you have asthma or bronchitis, emphysema, an extremely severe liver condition, any serious heart issue like a heart block, "sick sinus syndrome," or a low heart rate (unless you have an implanted pacemaker). Avoid drinking alcohol for 2 hours prior to or following the use of extended-release carvedilol (Coreg C.R.). Avoid taking any medications or other products that contain alcohol. Alcohol can cause the carvedilol contained in Coreg CR to release too rapidly into the body. If you're receiving treatment for high blood pressure, you should continue using carvedilol even when you feel good. High blood pressure can have no signs. It is possible that you will need blood pressure medications throughout your life.

Before you Take this medicine

It is not recommended to take carvedilol in the event that you are allergic to it or if you suffer from:

  • Asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema;
  • Severe liver disease or
  • A serious heart issue like a heart block, "sick sinus syndrome," or a slow heart rate (unless you are wearing a pacemaker).

To ensure that carvedilol is appropriate for you, consult your physician if you are:

  • Diabetes taking carvedilol may make it difficult for you to recognize when you are suffering from lower glucose
  • Angina chest discomfort
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • An thyroid disorder
  • Pheochromocytoma (tumour in the adrenal gland)
  • Circulation issues (such as Raynaud's Syndrome)
  • A history of allergies

FDA classification for pregnancy C It isn't known whether carvedilol can harm a newborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or plan to become pregnant while taking this drug.

It is unclear if carvedilol is absorbed into breast milk or if it is harmful to the nursing infant. It is not recommended to breastfeed when you take carvedilol.

How to Take Carvedilol?

Follow the exact dosage as recommended by your physician. Follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Your doctor may change your dosage to ensure you receive the most effective outcomes. Don't take this medication in greater or lesser quantities or for a longer time than prescribed.

Carvedilol is most effective if you consume it along with food. It is possible to break open the capsule of carvedilol and then sprinkle the medication into one spoonful of applesauce or pudding to make swallowing it easier. Take it in right away, without chewing. Don't save the mix to use later. Get rid of the capsule that is empty. Use carvedilol at the same time each day. Don't miss dosages or cease taking it before consulting your physician first. Doing so can cause your condition to get worse. If you're switching from carvedilol tablets to extended-release capsules (Coreg CR), Your daily dose of this medication could be different from before. Adults over the age of 65 are more likely to feel dizzy or faint after switching between tablets and extended-release capsules. Follow the directions of your physician. Your blood pressure needs to be checked regularly. If you're receiving treatment to treat high blood pressure, continue taking this medication even if you are feeling good. High blood pressure can have no signs. It could be necessary to take blood pressure medications throughout your life. If you are undergoing surgery, inform the surgeon in advance that you're taking carvedilol. You might have to stop taking the medication for a short period of time.

You shouldn't stop taking carvedilol suddenly. A sudden stop can increase the severity of your illness. Carvedilol can affect your pupils during cataract surgery. Inform your eye surgeon prior to surgery that you're taking this drug. Don't stop taking carvedilol prior to surgery unless the surgeon has instructed you to. Carvedilol is a small part of a comprehensive treatment plan for hypertension. It could comprise exercise, diet, and weight management. Be sure to follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines carefully if you're being diagnosed with hypertension. Place it in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

You should take the dose you missed as soon as you can remember. Do not take any missed doses if you are nearing the time for the next dose. Do not take a second dose to make up for the missed dose.

What Happens If I Overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms can include irregular heartbeats, breath shortness, and bluish-coloured fingernails. They can also cause fainting, dizziness, and seizures (convulsions).

fingernails. They can also cause fainting, dizziness, and seizures (convulsions).

What Should be Avoided?

Carvedilol could affect your brain or reactions. Be cautious when you drive or perform things that require you to be vigilant.Drinking alcohol may further lower blood pressure and increase certain negative consequences of taking carvedilol. It is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol for 2 hours prior to or following the use of extended-release carvedilol (Coreg C.R.).Do not get up too quickly from a lying or seated posture, as you might get dizzy. Start slowly and steady yourself to avoid falling.

Side Effects of Carvedilol

See a doctor immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms, they are warning signs of an allergic reaction to the drug carvedilol including asthmatic hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Adverse Effects

  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're passing out;
    Irregular or slow heartbeats;
  • Swelling in the body, rapid weight gain, and feeling breathless (even when exerting only a little);
    the sensation of coldness or numbness in your toes and fingers;
  • Chest discomfort, dry cough, wheezing, chest tightness, or difficulty breathing; or increased blood sugar (increased thirst, more frequent consumption of food, hungry mouth, fruity breath smell, dull vision, and loss of weight).

Mild Effects

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry eyes
  • Fatigue tiredness
  • Weight gain.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with Other Drugs

Other medications may interfere with carvedilol. This includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, such as vitamins and herbal products. Be sure to inform your health professionals about the medicines you are taking now and about any medication you stop or start taking.



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