Compare Visken vs. Coreg

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

Visken (pindolol)

Prescription only

Coreg (Carvedilol)

Prescription only
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 406 reviewsforCoreg
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Reviews
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406 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Muscle pain
    10%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Tiredness
    8%
  • Nervousness
    7%
  • Joint pain
    7%
  • Swelling (edema)
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Muscle cramps
    3%
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5possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Bradycardia
    2%
  • Postural hypotension
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart failure
    • History of heart failure
  • Heart attack or increased chest pain
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Lung disease or trouble breathing
    • History of asthma
    • History of COPD
  • Increased risks during major surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
    • Hyperthyroidism
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  • Worsened chest pain; increased risk of heart attack and heart rhythm problems
    • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Slowing of the heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Worsening heart failure
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Increasing the dose of Coreg (Carvedilol)
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Increased risks during surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
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