Compare Coreg vs. Bystolic

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Bystolic
(Nebivolol)

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 and controls heart rate. Bystolic (Nebivolol) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine for people with heart conditions, and has fewer side effects than other beta blockers, but it's expensive. You can't miss doses.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
54%
of people say Coreg (Carvedilol) is worth it
46%
say it works well
18%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Bystolic (Nebivolol)
51%
3% vs. Coreg (Carvedilol)
46%
Same vs. Coreg (Carvedilol)
18%
Same vs. Coreg (Carvedilol)
Side effects
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  • 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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  • Fatigue 4%
  • Headache 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
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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.Bystolic (Nebivolol) 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
CoregBystolic
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
      • Congestive heart failure
      • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
      • Diabetes
      • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
        Detailed Coreg (Carvedilol) risks & warnings »
        • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
        • History of asthma
        • History of diabetes
        • Age 65 years or older
        • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
        Detailed Bystolic (Nebivolol) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
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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
        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
        CoregBystolic
        • 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.
        • Controls your heart rate to reduce work for your heart.
        • A first-line treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
        • Helps to lower blood pressure if you can't use first-choice treatments or need additional blood pressure control.
        • Many beta blockers can worsen asthma or cause headaches, but Bystolic usually doesn't because it targets the heart more specifically and causes fewer side effects.
        Downsides and risks
        CoregBystolic
        • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
        • Not available in less expensive generic form.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Bystolic suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • 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.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        CoregBystolic
        • Take it with food.
        • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
        • Can cause fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
        • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
        • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
        • Can cause headache, dizziness, or feeling short of breath in the first few days.
        • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
        • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
        • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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