Compare Norvasc vs. Coreg

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

Norvasc
(Amlodipine)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Lowers blood pressure. Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. 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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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Norvasc (Amlodipine)
59%
of people say Norvasc (Amlodipine) is worth it
50%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
54%
5% vs. Norvasc (Amlodipine)
46%
4% vs. Norvasc (Amlodipine)
18%
4% vs. Norvasc (Amlodipine)
Side effects
NorvascCoreg
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 10%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
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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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How it works
NorvascCoreg
Norvasc (Amlodipine) 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
NorvascCoreg
Antihypertensive
Calcium channel blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
NorvascCoreg
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
NorvascCoreg
Risk factors for serious side effects
NorvascCoreg
  • Age 65 years or older
  • History of heart problems
  • Liver disease
  • History of blood vessel disease
  • History of heart failure
  • History of kidney disease
  • Obesity
Detailed Norvasc (Amlodipine) 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 category
        NorvascCoreg
        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
        No specific food-related info.
        • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
        • Take it with food.
        Kidneys and liver
        • Norvasc (Amlodipine) can cause varying degrees of swelling in your limbs. The most commonly affected areas are your feet, ankles, legs, or occasionally your arms. Swelling may be worse if you have other conditions that makes it hard for your body to get rid of fluids such as congestive heart failure or kidney disease. If your swelling is caused by Norvasc (Amlodipine), it should improve when you stop taking the medication. If the swelling is bothersome, a different medication may be better for you.
        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
        No specific weight-related info.
        • 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.
        Upsides and benefits
        NorvascCoreg
        • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
        • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
        • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
        • Each dose lasts longer than other calcium channel blockers, which keeps blood pressure consistent without big ups and downs.
        • Particularly good at lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number), so it's a good option for older people who can commonly get high blood pressure only in the top number.
        • 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
        NorvascCoreg
        • 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 Amlodipine than men.
        • Some people might experience flushing with this medication.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Amlodipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • If you have severe heart disease, using Amlodipine might increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack during the time right after starting the medication or raising the dosage.
        • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
        • 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
        NorvascCoreg
        • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
        • Can cause ankle or foot swelling.
        • Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect.
        • 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.
        • Take it with food.
        • 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.
        • 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.
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