Carvedilol is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers influence the heart and circulation (blood flow through veins and arteries).

How Effective is Carvedilol?

How Effective is Carvedilol?

Carvedilol is effectively used for treating hypertension i.e., high blood pressure or in treatment of heart failure. It is additionally utilized after a heart attack that has caused your heart not to pump as well.

It is suggested not to use Carvedilol in case you have bronchitis, severe liver disease, asthmaemphysema or a severe heart condition such as heart blockage or ''sick sinus syndrome'' or slow heart rate.

Abstain from drinking liquor within 2 hours before or after taking the extended-release Carvedilol (Coreg CR). Additionally, abstain from taking medicines or other products that might contain alcohol. Liquor may make the Carvedilol in Coreg CR be discharged too rapidly into the body.

In case you are taking medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure, continue taking the Carvedilol medicine even if you feel well. Many times hypertension shows no symptoms. For controlling the issue doctors may suggest to take Carvedilol all lifelong.

How to Take Carvedilol?

Take Carvedilol precisely as advised by your specialist. Follow all the instructions given on your prescription label. Your doctor may change the dose occasionally to make sure you get the best results. You should not take the medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for a longer time than recommended.

  • Carvedilol works best if you take it with the meal.
  • You may open the Carvedilol capsule and sprinkle the drug into a spoonful of pudding or fruit purée to make swallowing easier. Swallow immediately without chewing. Try not to spare the mixture for later utilization. Dispose of the vacant capsule.
  • Take Carvedilol daily at the same time. Do not skip any doses or stop taking it without consulting with your doctor. Stopping it abruptly may exacerbate your condition.
  • In a situation where you are changing from the normal tablets to the extended-release ones of Carvedilol, your everyday dosage amount of the medicine will be altered, it can either be lower or higher than before. Older adults may become a little dizzy or feel faint when switching from tablets to the extended- release capsules. Just follow your doctor's instructions and everything will be fine.
  • You need to check your blood pressure often.
  • If you are using the medication for high blood pressure, you need to keep using it even if you feel well. High blood pressure mainly has no symptoms. You might have to take it for the rest of your life.
  • If you need surgery, tell your surgeon ahead of time that you are utilizing Carvedilol. You may need to quit utilizing the medicine for a short time.
  • You should not stop using Carvedilol all of a sudden. Halting all of a sudden may aggravate your condition.

If you are on Carvedilol and undergoing a cataract surgery, it might affect your pupils during the surgery. Inform your eye specialist that you are using Carvedilol, prior to the surgery. Never stop taking it on your own before the surgery until your surgeon instructs to do so.

Carvedilol is just a piece of an entire program of treatment for hypertension that may likewise incorporate exercise, diet and weight control. Follow your eating routine, medication and exercise schedules carefully if you are being treated for hypertension.

What is the Recommended Dosage of Carvedilol?

For Angina Pectoris, the Carvedilol Dosage for Normal Adult is:

Immediate-Release Tablets:

Beginning Dosage of Carvedilol. 6.25 mg two times a day orally with your meals

Maintenance Dosage of Carvedilol. 6.25 mg to 25 mg two times a day with meals orally

Maximum Amount of Carvedilol Dosage. 50 mg every day.

For Congestive Heart Failure, the Carvedilol Dosage for Normal Adult is:

Immediate-Release Tablets:

Beginning Dosage of Carvedilol. 3.125 mg two times a day orally for at least 2 weeks. If tolerated, increase the dose to 6.25 mg orally twice every day.

Dosage should then be doubled every 2 weeks, as per the highest level tolerated by the patient.

Maximum Amount of Carvedilol Dosage. 50 mg orally twice every day in patients weighing 85 kg or more and 25 mg orally twice per day in patients measuring 85 kg or less

Extended-Release Capsules:

Initial Dosage. 10 mg a day orally for at least 2 weeks. If tolerated, it can be increased to 20 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg over progressive interims of at least 2 weeks.

For Hypertension, the Carvedilol Dosage for Normal Adult is:

Immediate-Release Tablets:

Beginning Dosage of Carvedilol. 6.25 mg orally twice per day with nourishment

Maintenance Dosage of Carvedilol. 6.25 mg to 25 mg two times a day with meals orally

Maximum Amount of Dosage. 50 mg for each day

Extended-Release Capsules:

Beginning Dosage of Carvedilol. 20 mg orally once per day for 7 to 14 days. If tolerated than it can be increased to 40 mg orally once per day, and then again to 80 mg orally once every day following 7 to 14 days.

Maximum Dosage of Carvedilol. 80 mg for each day

For Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Carvedilol Dosage for Normal Adult is:

Immediate-Release Tablets:

Beginning Dosage. 6.25 mg orally twice per day (an underlying dose of 3.25 mg two times a day can be given to patients not able to endure the initial dose).

Maintenance Dosage. If tolerated, the initial dosage can be increased to 12.5 mg two times per day following 3 to 10 days to a target dosage of 25 mg twice every day.

Extended-Release Capsules:

Beginning dosage. 20 mg orally once per day (an initial dose of 10 mg once a day can be given to patients not able to endure the initial dose). If tolerated, then the dose can be increased to 40 mg following 3 to 10 days, then again to 80 mg orally once every day.

What are the Side Effects of Carvedilol?

There are few side effects of carvedilol. Get immediate doctor help in case you witness any signs of an allergic reaction towards Carvedilol: difficulty in breathing hives, swelling of your face, tongue, throat or lips.

Call your specialist immediately if you have a serious side effect, for example:

  • A discombobulated feeling, similar to you may pass out;
  • Slow or uneven heartbeats;
  • Swelling, feeling short of breath, rapid weight gain.
  • Cold feeling or numbness in your fingers or toes;
  • Dry cough, chest pain, trouble breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, or
  • High blood sugar levels (increased urination, increased thirst, dry mouth, hunger, drowsiness, fruity breath odor, blurred vision, dry skin or weight loss)

Common Carvedilol Side Effects May Include:

  • Weakness, wooziness;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Dry eyes;
  • Tired feeling; or
  • Weight gain.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: July 27, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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