Compare Propranolol vs. Coreg

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

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. 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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Reviews & ratings
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5.264150943396227Propranolol
Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
62%
of people say Inderal (Propranolol) is worth it
58%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
54%
8% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
46%
12% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
18%
1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Side effects
PropranololCoreg
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
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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
PropranololCoreg
Inderal (Propranolol) 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.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
PropranololCoreg
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
PropranololCoreg
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
PropranololCoreg
Risk factors for serious side effects
PropranololCoreg
  • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Diabetes
      • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
        Detailed Inderal (Propranolol) 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
              PropranololCoreg
              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
              No specific kidneys and liver-related info.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
              • Cases of heart failure due to taking Inderal (Propranolol) have been reported. Tell your doctor if you noticed increased swelling around your legs or ankles, sudden weight gain or sudden shortness of breath as these may be symptoms of heart failure.
              • 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
              PropranololCoreg
              • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
              • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
              • 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.
              • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
              Downsides and risks
              PropranololCoreg
              • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
              • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
              • 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 have to take Carvedilol with food.
              • 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.
              • 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.
              Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
              PropranololCoreg
              • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
              • 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 hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
              • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
              • Take it with food.
              • Can cause fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
              • 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 hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
              • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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