Compare Nifedipine vs. Coreg

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Procardia
(nifedipine)

Coreg
(carvedilol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Nifedipine works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding grapefruit. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.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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Have you used Procardia (nifedipine)?
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Reviews for Coreg (carvedilol)
53%
+11% better vs. Procardia (nifedipine)
46%
+15% better vs. Procardia (nifedipine)
18%
+28% better vs. Procardia (nifedipine)
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Side effects
NifedipineCoreg
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness 12%
  • Flushing 17%
  • Headache 3%
  • Weakness 2%
  • Nausea, heartburn 3%
  • Muscle cramps, tremor 5%
  • Leg or ankle swelling 6%
  • Nervousness, mood changes 3%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 2%
  • Dyspnea, cough, wheezing 3%
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  • 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%
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How it works
NifedipineCoreg
Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain.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
NifedipineCoreg
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
NifedipineCoreg
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
NifedipineCoreg
Risk factors for serious side effects
NifedipineCoreg
  • Taking anti-inflammatories, acid reducers in the stomach, anticholinergics, laxatives, levothyroxine
  • History of intestinal surgery
  • Taking beta-blockers
  • Severe coronary artery disease.
  • History of cirrhosis
    • History of tight aortic stenosis
    • Taking beta-blockers
    • Obstructive coronary artery disease
    Detailed Procardia (nifedipine) 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
          NifedipineCoreg
          No food related info.
          • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
          • Take it with food.
          Kidneys and liver
          NifedipineCoreg
          • Reports of liver damage have occurred while on this medication, especially if you have had cirrhosis. Your doctor will monitor your liver on a regular basis. Tell your doctor if you or your caregivers/family notice your skin or the whites of your eyes are becoming yellower, pain in your abdomen, or sudden confusion.
          No kidneys and liver related info.
          Upsides and benefits
          NifedipineCoreg
          • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
          • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
          • You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure.
          • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
          • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
          • Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms.
          • 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
          NifedipineCoreg
          • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
          • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Nifedipine than men.
          • You can't miss doses. Stopping Nifedipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
          • Not a good medication for you if you love grapefruit. It can make Nifedipine have a stronger effect on your blood pressure.
          • 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
          NifedipineCoreg
          • Can cause dizziness or headaches 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 face flushing and ankle or foot swelling.
          • Avoid grapefruit while taking this medicine.
          • Your doctor might do routine blood tests to check your liver function.
          • 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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