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.
Reviews & ratings
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5.39Propranolol
Reviews for Propranolol
66%
of people (All ages) say Propranolol is worth it
62%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Coreg
53%
+13% better vs. Propranolol
46%
+16% better vs. Propranolol
18%
+3% better vs. Propranolol
406 reviews
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Side effects
PropranololCoreg
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Constipation 3%
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  • Dizziness 13%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Hyperglycemia 4%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • Weight increase 3%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Bradycardia 8%
  • Hypotension 6%
  • Headache 1%
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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
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
PropranololCoreg
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
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

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
PropranololCoreg
No food related info.
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
Upsides and benefits
PropranololCoreg
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
PropranololCoreg
  • 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.
  • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
  • 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 Propranolol 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
PropranololCoreg
  • 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 insomnia and fatigue.
  • 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 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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