Carvedilol - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Carvedilol: Frequently Asked Questions Answered


Carvedilol is a Beta blocker and is used in the treatment of heart failure and high blood pressure. It effectively manages patients suffering from heart failure and helps prevent the risk of heart attacks in such patients. Carvedilol improves the chances of survival in people whose heart cannot function properly and fails to pump blood adequately. Carvedilol helps relax the blood vessels, improves blood flow in the body, and lowers blood pressure.

What are the uses of Carvedilol?

Carvedilol is a potent Beta-blocker and is effective in the treatment of heart problems. Some of the common conditions where Carvedilol is used is:

  • Congestive Heart failure
  • High Blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Left ventricular failure

In heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough blood to all parts of the body, and Carvedilol acts in such cases by preventing the action of some natural substances like epinephrine on the heart and blood vessels. Thus, reducing the excessive load on the heart.

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What are the side effects of Carvedilol?

Carvedilol is a safe drug to consume, but like any other drug, it may cause side effects in some cases. It has been noted that Carvedilol may cause hyperglycemia or high blood sugar in some patients. Early warning signs in such people may include excessive thirst, weakness, lethargy, and frequent urination. Apart from these, some of the minor side effects of carvedilol include:

  1. Dizziness
  2. Nausea
  3. Headache
  4. Lightheadedness

Some more severe side effects are:

  1. Fainting
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Chest pains
  4. Rash and itching


Frequently Asked Questions about Carvedilol

1. How to stop taking Carvedilol?

Stopping Carvedilol abruptly can lead to worsening of your symptoms and should never be stopped suddenly. If you must stop taking the medicine, you should only do that under your doctor’s advice. The doctor will slowly taper your dose gradually. Stopping Carvedilol without medical advice or abruptly may lead to changes in your heart rhythm and worsening of chest pain. It may also aggravate a heart attack. To know more, get connected with our specialists to know more. click here

2. Does Carvedilol cause hair loss?

It has been noted that many anti-hypertensive medicines, specifically Beta blockers, do cause hair loss. The hair loss caused may be reversible or permanent. Some common Beta blockers that cause hair loss or alopecia are Metoprolol, timolol, propranolol, atenolol, etc. However, Carvedilol is not among the beta-blockers that cause hair loss.

3. Does Carvedilol cause a slow heart rate?

Carvedilol belongs to a group of medicines categorised as Beta-blockers. It helps to relax the blood vessels and causes the slowing of the heart rate. This reduces the load on the heart and makes it easier to pump blood to other parts of the body. It also acts as an alpha-blocker and widens the blood vessels.

4. Is carvedilol a Beta blocker?

Yes, Carvedilol is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers are the drugs that prevent stimulation of beta and alpha receptors used to control and monitor heart function, including heart rhythm, angina, heart rate, and blood pressure. Some common beta-blockers are Metoprolol, timolol, propranolol, atenolol, etc.

5. Is Carvedilol an ace inhibitor?

No Carvedilol is not an ace inhibitor, but it is a Beta-blocker. The action of ace inhibitors is like that of beta-blockers, as both help to relax the arteries and lower blood pressure, but the difference lies in the mechanism by which this effect is achieved. Ace inhibitors prevent the production of angiotensin II enzymes which cause constriction of blood vessels. Some examples of ace inhibitors are captopril, enalapril, etc.

6. Is there a generic for Carvedilol?

Carvedilol belongs to a group of medicines which are Beta-blockers. Carvedilol tablets contain the primary drug carvedilol along with small amounts of sucrose and lactose monohydrate. This medicine is available under many brand names: Coreg, Coreg CR, etc.

7. Can carvedilol cause liver damage?

Carvedilol may cause liver damage in some people. It has been noted that some people complain of pruritus and elevation of liver function enzymes after taking Carvedilol. It is advisable to monitor your liver function test closely if you are taking Carvedilol regularly. To know more, get connected with our specialists.

8. How long does Carvedilol stay in your system?

Once a dose of Carvedilol is taken, its action starts almost immediately, and one can feel the effect within an hour of taking the medicine. The medicine stays in the body for a much longer duration. Once a dose of Carvedilol is taken, it takes 28 hours to 50 hours to leave the system entirely.

9. How many hours between doses of Carvedilol?

Carvedilol is usually prescribed twice a day; however, the exact dose depends on the age and weight of the patient. It is best to take the medicine at the same time each day. If the drug is advised twice daily, it is best to leave a gap of a minimum of 8 to 10 hours between each dose.

10. Is carvedilol a Beta blocker or Diuretic?

Carvedilol is definitely a beta-blocker and helps to reduce the load on the heart. It also acts as a diuretic. It causes an increase in the production of urine in the body and helps to remove excess water load in the body. Diuretics sometimes are referred to as water pills.

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