Compare Nifedipine vs. Coreg

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Procardia (Nifedipine)

Prescription only

Coreg (Carvedilol)

Prescription only
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.

3.7/ 7 average rating with 26 reviewsforNifedipine
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.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 406 reviewsforCoreg
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Reviews
26 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
31%
think this treatment works well
46%
think this treatment is a hassle

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406 
53%
think this treatment is worth it
46%
think this treatment works well
18%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness
    27%
  • Flushing
    25%
  • Headache
    23%
  • Weakness
    12%
  • Nausea, heartburn
    11%
  • Muscle cramps, tremor
    8%
  • Peripheral edema
    7%
  • Nervousness, mood changes
    7%
  • Palpitation
    7%
  • Dyspnea, cough, wheezing
    6%
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5possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Bradycardia
    2%
  • Postural hypotension
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Intestinal blockage

    Taking anti-inflammatories, acid reducers in the stomach, anticholinergics, laxatives, levothyroxine

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Chest pain

    Taking beta-blockers

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Liver damage/jaundice

    History of cirrhosis

  • Congestive heart failure

    History of tight aortic stenosis

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart attack or increased chest pain

    Obstructive coronary artery disease

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  • Worsened chest pain; increased risk of heart attack and heart rhythm problems

    Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)

  • Worsening heart failure

    Congestive heart failure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Increased risks during surgery

    Major surgery requiring anesthesia

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