Carvedilol is sold under brand names such as Coreg. Carvedilol is a nonselective beta blocker and alpha-1 blocker. It works by relaxing blood vessels, slowing the heart rate to improve circulation and lowering blood pressure.
Carvedilol is used to treat heart failure (a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to all parts of the body) and high blood pressure.It is also used to treat people who have had a heart attack. Carvedilol is often used in combination with other drugs.
Carvedilol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Carvedilol is available as tablets and as extended-release (long-acting) capsules for oral use. Tablets are usually taken twice daily with food. Sustained-release capsules are usually taken once daily in the morning with food. Try to take carvedilol at about the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take carvedilol as directed. Do not take more or less, or more often than directed by your doctor.
Swallow the extended-release capsule whole. Do not chew or crush capsules. Do not split the beads into multiple doses within the capsule. If you cannot swallow the capsule, you can carefully open it and sprinkle all the beads inside with a spoonful of cold or room temperature applesauce. Swallow the entire mixture immediately without chewing.
Your doctor will probably start with a low dose of carvedilol and gradually increase the dose to allow your body to adapt to the drug.
Common side effects include dizziness, fatigue, joint pain, low blood pressure, nausea, and shortness of breath. Serious side effects may include bronchospasm. Safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unknown. Not recommended for use in patients with liver problems.
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.