Carvedilol Tablets (Generic Coreg)
Carvedilol (generic Coreg) is a medication used following heart attacks to treat otherwise stable patients suffering from severe CHF (Congestive Heart Failure), LVD (Left Ventricular Dysfunction), and high blood pressure. Carvedilol also has medical uses as a treatment for hypertension, although using carvedilol in this way is less common.
The drug is classified as a nonselective beta blocker, and belongs to the third generation of beta blockers. Beta blockers block the beta receptors on various cells, as well as on the heart muscle, making them less responsive to certain hormones such as stress hormones. As a result, these muscles and cells become more relaxed when under the effects of beta blockers such as carvedilol.
This medication is prescribed to adult patients with the following dosages in immediate-release form: for Angina Pectoris patients receive 6.25-25 mg twice a day with food; for Congestive Heart Failure patients receive 3.125-6.25 mg twice a day, after which dosage is doubled every two weeks; For Hypertension patients are prescribed 6.25-25 mg twice a day with food; and for Left Ventricular Dysfunction patients are treated with 6.25 mg twice a day, with increasing dosage once the initial dose becomes tolerated by the patient.
Adult patients receive the following dosages in extended release form: for Congestive Heart Failure patients are prescribed 10 mg once a day for two weeks, with increasing dosage up to 80 mg depending on patient tolerance; for Left Ventricular Dysfunction patients are prescribed 20 mg once a day for three to ten days, with increasing dosage up to 80 mg depending on patient tolerance; and for hypertension patients are prescribed 20 mg once a day for three to ten days, with increasing dosage up to 80 mg depending on patient tolerance.
As a pharmaceutical drug, Carvedilol has some side effects all patients prescribed Carvedilol should be aware of. Please seek emergency medical help if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Carvedilol: Swelling of the face, lip, tongue, and throat regions; hives; and difficulty breathing.
Carvedilol’s more serious side effects may include: light-headedness; uneven or slow heartbeats; rapid weight gain, breathiness, and swollen joints; developing numbness in fingers and toes; a tight, painful chest that induces trouble breathing and a dry cough; or high blood sugar, which usually results in symptoms such as pungent breath, tiredness, flaky and dry skin, reduced vision, weight loss, and increased urination and thirst.
The drug’s more common side effects may include dizziness and weakness; diarrhea; irritated, dry eyes; tiredness; or weight gain.
If you are experiencing symptoms of side effects, please call your doctor and seek medical advice. You may report any symptoms of side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
You should not take Carvedilol if you have a breathing issue such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema. You should also abstain from Carvedilol if you have a severe liver disease, or if you have a serious heart condition. You should not take Carvedilol if you are allergic to it.
Before taking the medication, please tell your doctor if you have diabetes; liver or kidney disease; angina; a thyroid disorder; circulation issues; pheochromocytoma; or a history of allergies.
Please take Carvedilol exactly as it is prescribed to you by your doctor. Follow all of the directions on your prescription label. Be aware, your doctor may change your dosage amount depending on your tolerance. Do not skip doses, and do not take smaller or larger amounts of Carvedilol than have been prescribed to you by your doctor. Mixing the drug with food may make taking it easier for you.
When taking Carvedilol, your blood pressure will be checked often. If the medicineis prescribed to you for high blood pressure, you may need to take it indefinitely. Carvedilol is most effective when used in the correct doses, and when combined with a proper diet, good exercise, and routine medication consumption.
If you have a surgery scheduled, tell your surgeon you are receiving Carvedilol. You may need to stop using the drug for a short period of time prior to the surgery. Please do not stop using Carvedilol suddenly, as doing so may make your condition worse. If you are receiving cataract surgery, please tell your surgeon you are receiving Carvedilol. You may need to stop using the medication for a short period of time prior to surgery, as Carvedilol can affect your pupils during cataract surgery.
Carvedilol may be affected by a number of other pharma products, including but not limited to: over-the-counter medicines; vitamins; and a variety of herbal products. Please tell your health care providers about medicine you currently use or have used as well as inform your doctor of your complete medicinal, vitamin, and herbal intake so they may see if carvedilol is right for you.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an overdose while taking Carvedilol, please seek emergency medical attention or call the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.