Compare Coreg vs. Catapres

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

Coreg (Carvedilol)

Prescription only

Catapres (Clonidine)

Prescription only
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 406 reviewsforCoreg
Lowers blood pressure.

Catapres (Clonidine) is a good addition if you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure, but it has a lot of side effects. You can't miss doses.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 78 reviewsforCatapres
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Can be added to other blood pressure-lowering medicines if you need additional blood pressure control.
  • Available in a weekly patch for people that aren't good at taking medicine by mouth.
  • Works in the brain, so it can help treat some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
  • Under the brand name Kapvay, it's used to treat ADHD in children and teenagers.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Has a lot of side effects compared to other blood pressure-lowering medicine because it works in the brain.
  • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
Price
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Reviews
406 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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78 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
33%
saiditworked well
35%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Bradycardia
    2%
  • Postural hypotension
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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17possible side effects
  • Erythema / pruritis
    26%
  • Dry mouth
    25%
  • Drowsiness
    12%
  • Localized vesiculation
    7%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Allergic contact sensitization
    5%
  • Hyperpigmentation
    5%
  • Lethargy
    3%
  • Sedation
    3%
  • Edema
    3%
  • Excoriation
    3%
  • Burning
    3%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Impotence/sexual dysfunction
    2%
  • Dry throat
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Worsened chest pain; increased risk of heart attack and heart rhythm problems
    • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Slowing of the heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Worsening heart failure
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Increased risks during surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
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  • Withdrawal
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low heart rate (bradycardia)
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
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