Compare Coreg vs. Bisoprolol

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Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Zebeta
(Bisoprolol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure. Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is usually given to people who have taken other blood pressure meds unsuccessfully or have recently had significant heart problems.
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Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
54%
of people say Coreg (Carvedilol) is worth it
46%
say it works well
18%
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Side effects
CoregBisoprolol
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 7%
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • High blood sugar 4%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Vision abnormal 3%
  • Fainting 3%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Edema dependent 2%
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How it works
CoregBisoprolol
Coreg (Carvedilol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it work less to pump.
Type of medication
CoregBisoprolol
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
CoregBisoprolol
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
CoregBisoprolol
Risk factors for serious side effects
CoregBisoprolol
  • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
      • Congestive heart failure
      • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
      • Diabetes
      • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
        Detailed Coreg (Carvedilol) risks & warnings »
        • Diabetes
          • Coronary artery disease
          • Heart failure
          • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
          Detailed Zebeta (Bisoprolol) risks & warnings »
          Pregnancy category
          CoregBisoprolol
          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          See the FDA package insert
          Alcohol
          No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
          Food
          • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
          • Take it with food.
          No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          Sex
          No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
          Sleep
          No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
          Weight
          • You may notice worsening symptoms of heart failure if your prescriber decides to increase your dosage of Coreg (Carvedilol). Tell your doctor if you noticed increased swelling around your legs or ankles, sudden weight gain or sudden shortness of breath as they may make changes to your medications for heart failure.
          No specific weight-related info.
          Upsides and benefits
          CoregBisoprolol
          • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
          • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
          • For people with severe heart failure, Carvedilol lowers the risk of worsening heart failure, hospitalization, and sudden death.
          • Good for protecting the heart and lowering blood pressure if you've had a heart attack.
          • Available in a generic version.
          • Also comes in combination with other medications to lower blood pressure.
          Downsides and risks
          CoregBisoprolol
          • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
          • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
          • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
          • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
          • You can't miss doses. Stopping Carvedilol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
          • This isn't a first choice medication to lower blood pressure.
          • You can't stop taking it suddenly, or else you're more likely to have a heart attack or other problems with your heart.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          CoregBisoprolol
          • Take it with food.
          • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
          • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
          • Can cause fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
          • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
          • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
          • Zebeta (Bisoprolol) can make you feel dizzy the first few days you take it, so be careful driving and quickly standing up until you know how your body reacts to it.
          • Don't stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor.
          • If you have diabetes, Zebeta (Bisoprolol) can make it difficult to tell if your blood sugar is low.
          • Can cause headache, fatigue, and make you more likely to get colds or the flu.
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