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What is Coreg CR (Carvedilol) prescribed for?

This medication is used as a treatment for high blood pressure, and heart failure.  It may also be used to improve the chance of survival, after a heart attack, when the heart is not pumping as it should.  Also by taking this medication to lower ones high blood pressure, it will lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems.

Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

 

How does Coreg CR (Carvedilol) work?

This medication works by blocking the action of a certain natural substance in your body, such as epinephrine, on the heart and the blood vessels.  In effect, this lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and overall strain on your heart. 

Take this medication by mouth, and with food.  And it is usually taken twice daily.  The dosage you are given is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. You doctor may recommend to start you on a lower dosage, that will gradually increase. This is due to the risk of any side effects.

For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 1 to 2 weeks before you gain the full benefit of the medication.  However, inform you doctor if you condition persists or worsens.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Carvedilol, or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication it is always best to go over your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have had the following; certain types of heartbeat/heart rhythm problems (such as slow/irregular heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), severe heart failure requiring hospitalization, liver disease, kidney disease, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral vascular disease), serious allergic reactions including those needing treatment with epinephrine, overactive thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism), a certain type of tumor (pheochromocytoma), other heart problems (such as Prinzmetal's variant angina), a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis), certain eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma).

This medication may make you dizzy, drowsy, and can cause yu to faint.  This is likely to occur within 1 hour after taking the medication. Mostly when you have just started the treatment, or when your doctor may increase your dose.

If you have diabetes, this product may mask the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness and sweating, are unaffected by this drug. This product may also make it harder to control your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

People who wear contact lenses may have dry eyes while taking this medication.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, diarrhea, impotence, or tiredness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

This drug may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid tobacco use.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; very slow heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, unusual weakness, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, blue fingers/toes, easy bruising/bleeding, mental/mood changes (such as confusion, depression), seizures.

Although this medication may be used to treat heart failure, some people may rarely develop new or worsening symptoms of heart failure, especially at the start of carvedilol treatment. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of these serious side effects: shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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