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.
How it works
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.
› 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
› 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
› 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
› 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.