General Information
 
Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 
Additional information if any
 

Brand names and manufacturer

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Coreg ( Glaxo smithkline pharmaceuticals)
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Carloc (Cipla)
 

Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

Carvedilol is prescription drug. It is sold from the pharmacy store only in the presence of written instructions known as prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.
 

Pronunciation

Carvedilol is pronounced as KAR ve dil ole 
 

What is carvedilol?

Carvedilol belongs to group drugs called beta blocker.
 

Common uses of carvedilol

Carvedilol is used to treat high blood pressure, certain types of heart failures, angina pectoris. It is also used to improve heart function after heart attack.
 

 

When not to take carvedilol

Do not use carvedilol if you are  

  • Hypersensitive to it
  • Slow or fast heart beat
  • Heart failure
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Irregular heart beat with out permanent pacemaker 
 
 
Children: 
Safety and effectiveness in not established in patients younger than 18 years of old
 
Old people: 
There is no over all difference between young and older people in terms of safety and effectiveness.
 
Pregnant woman:
First and second trimester: Carvedilol belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that carvedilol may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
 
Third trimester: Carvedilol belongs to  FDA pregnancy category D. This means that carvedilol can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. Do not use carvedilol with out your doctor consent however its use is justified if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception. 
 
Lactating women:
Carvedilol passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use carvedilol with out the consent from your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.
 
Other: 

What are the dosage forms carvedilol is available in the market

Carvedilol is available in the form of tablets. 

Doses for carvedilol

For hypertension: 12.5 mg once daily. May increase to 25 mg once daily.
For angina pectoris: 12.5 mg twice daily. May increase to 25 mg twice daily.
 

What about if I missed the dose of carvedilol

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.  

 
In case of overdose of carvedilol contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
 
Over dosage symptoms for carvedilol are
 
Slow heart beat
Sever dizziness
Fainting
Convulsions
Breathing problems 
 
 
 
Side effects for carvedilol are  
  • Slow heart beat
  • Hypotension
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction (difficult in orgasm)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight gain
  • Vision problems 
     

When to consult the health expert about the side effects of carvedilol

If you notice any of the above side effects become worse stop the medication and consult your doctor immediately. 

 
 
Store carvedilol at room temp (25 degrees C / 77 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.  
 

What is the most important information I should know about carvedilol

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 25, 2012