Coreg (Carvedilol)

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What is carvedilol Used 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.

This medication comes in three different doses, which are 6.25mg, 12.5mg, and 25mg. 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 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 is Carvedilol?

Coreg, which is the brand name for Carvedilol, is a medication that is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is also used to improve one’s chance at survival if your heart is pumping poorly. This medication works by blocking the actions of natural substances in your body. The effect lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on your heart. This medication comes in three different doses. They are 12.5mg, 25mg, and 6.25mg. Also on an international level, this medication goes by the name of Dilatrend.  Ordering this medication also requires a valid prescription. However, if you do have any questions, please give us a call at 1-877-385-8998.

 

Foods to avoid when taking Carvedilol?

There is a reason why you should take Coreg with food, and that reason being is that it slows the rate of absorption and reduces the incidence of orthostatic effects. But there are some foods you should avoid, such as potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium –rich foods. It is also best to stay away from grapefruit, and grapefruit juice.

 

How long does Carvedilol stay in your system?

The half-life for Coreg ranges anywhere in-between 7 to 10 hours. Therefore, the drug usually requires a twice-daily dosage.

 

What are the side effects of Carvedilol?

Some of the most common side effects that occur are listed as follows;  dizziness, unusual tiredness, low blood pressure, diarrhea, high blood sugar, lack of energy or weakness, slower heart rate, weight gain,  changes in sex drive, dry eyes, dry itchy skin, headaches, nausea. If any of these persist or worsen contact your doctor right away. Keep in mind as well that this is not the full list of side effects for this medication. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions regarding this medication.

 

How many hours between doses of Carvedilol?

Usually this medication is taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. So ideally it’s taken every 10 to 12 hours.

 

How long does it take for Carvedilol to work?

This medication is rapidly absorbed after an oral dose. The medicine beings to take affect within 1 to 2 hours after taking it. However if taken with food, the absorption will slow down the process, and delay relief for another 1 to 2 hours.  Keep in mind that while it may show results much more quickly without food, it is often recommended that this medication should always be taken with food. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, it is best to speak with your doctor.

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