Compare Visken vs. Coreg

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Visken
(pindolol)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Visken (pindolol) lowers high blood pressure and controls chest pain.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 Visken (pindolol)?
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Reviews for Coreg
53%
-53% worse vs. Visken
46%
-46% worse vs. Visken
18%
+18% better vs. Visken
406 reviews
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Side effects
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  • Muscle cramps 3%
  • Weakness 3%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Swelling (edema) 5%
  • Nervousness 2%
  • Joint pain 3%
  • Tiredness 4%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Muscle pain 2%
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  • Edema peripheral 1%
  • Edema dependent 2%
  • Hypercholesterolemia 1%
  • Digoxin level increased 1%
  • Edema generalized 2%
  • Vision abnormal 3%
  • Vomiting 2%
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How it works
ViskenCoreg
Visken (pindolol) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down your heart rate, which helps the heart to pump blood with less effort.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
ViskenCoreg
Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
ViskenCoreg
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
ViskenCoreg
  • History of heart failure
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Coronary artery disease
  • History of asthma
  • History of COPD
Detailed Visken (pindolol) 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.

Food
ViskenCoreg
No food related info.
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
Sleep
ViskenCoreg
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause dizziness, tiredness and muscle aches for a few days after starting this medicine.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
ViskenCoreg
  • Visken (pindolol) works well to reduce heart rate and help control blood pressure.
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause less low pressure and dizziness than other beta-blockers.
  • Available as generic.
  • 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
ViskenCoreg
  • Taking Visken (pindolol) can make you tired or out of breath. This gets better with most people.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Visken (pindolol) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up quickly, which can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Visken (pindolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. People with diabetes should watch their blood sugar carefully.
  • 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
ViskenCoreg
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause dizziness, tiredness and muscle aches for a few days after starting this medicine.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine and talk to your doctor if your blood pressure has not improved.
  • Visken (pindolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful with this medication if you have diabetes.
  • Do not stop Visken (pindolol) suddenly without talking with your doctor first.
  • 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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