Compare Lopressor vs. Coreg

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Lopressor
(Metoprolol Tartrate)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) 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. 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.
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5.02Lopressor
Reviews for Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
62%
of people (All ages) say Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is worth it
47%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
464 reviews
Have you used Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)?
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Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
53%
-9% worse vs. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
46%
-1% worse vs. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
18%
-3% worse vs. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
406 reviews
Have you used Coreg (Carvedilol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
LopressorCoreg
  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Low mood disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Itching 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
More Lopressor side effects »
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • High blood sugar 4%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • Weight increase 3%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 8%
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Headache 1%
More Coreg side effects »
How it works
LopressorCoreg
Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.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.
Type of medication
LopressorCoreg
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
LopressorCoreg
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
LopressorCoreg
Risk factors for serious side effects
LopressorCoreg
  • Diabetes
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Heart failure
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • History of asthma
    Detailed Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) risks & warnings »
    • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
        • Congestive heart failure
        • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
        • Diabetes
        • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
          Detailed Coreg (Carvedilol) risks & warnings »
          Pregnancy

          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.

          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.

          Food
          LopressorCoreg
          • Take it with food.
          • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
          • Take it with food.
          Upsides and benefits
          LopressorCoreg
          • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). Makes pain attacks less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
          • A first-choice treatment for heart failure. May prevent long-term heart damage.
          • A first-choice treatment for heart attack. Lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
          • 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.
          Downsides and risks
          LopressorCoreg
          • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
          • 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 Metoprolol tartrate suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
          • 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.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          LopressorCoreg
          • 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 headache.
          • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
          • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
          • This is the immediate release version. It also comes as an extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
          • 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.
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