Coreg

(Carvedilol)

3.5/ 5 average rating with 406 reviewsforCoreg
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Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

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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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Quick facts about Coreg
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carvedilol)

Upsides

  • 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.
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People’s experience with Coreg

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Downsides

  • 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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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.

Quick facts about Coreg
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carvedilol)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
People’s experience with Coreg

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What to expect when you take Coreg (Carvedilol) for Lowers blood pressure

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • High blood sugar
  • Weight gain
  • Diarrhea
  • Low heart rate
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Side effect rates for Coreg (Carvedilol)

From 1604 clinical trials of Coreg when taken for high blood pressure
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    6%6%
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  • Bradycardia
    2%2%
  • Postural hypotension
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Coreg (Carvedilol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Abrupt discontinuation of Coreg (Carvedilol)

    Do not stop taking Coreg (Carvedilol) suddenly without consulting your doctor as chest pain or angina may become increased. Stopping Coreg (Carvedilol) suddenly may start a heart attack or cause problems in your heartbeat rhythm. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in stopping this medication.

Pharmacist Q&A

Coreg (Carvedilol) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats chronic heart failure.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats chronic heart failure.

Common concerns from people taking Coreg (Carvedilol)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
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