High blood pressure and heart failure are treated with carvedilol. It is frequently administered after a heart attack to improve the chances of survival if the heart is not pumping adequately. It helps to prevent kidney issues, strokes, and heart attacks by decreasing excessive blood pressure.
This drug works by inhibiting the operation of certain natural compounds in your body, such as epinephrine, in the heart and blood arteries. This effect lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and heart strain. Carvedilol is a member of the alpha and beta-blocker family of drugs.
How to use
- If available from your pharmacist, read the patient information leaflet before you begin taking carvedilol and each time you receive a refill. Ask your physician or pharmacist if you have any concerns/doubts.
- Take this drug by mouth with food, normally twice a day, as instructed by your doctor.
- The dose will be dependent on your medical condition and treatment response. Your doctor can direct you to start this medication at a low dose and to gradually increase your dose in order to reduce your risk of side effects. Carefully follow the directions from your doctor.
- To get the greatest benefit from it, take this drug daily. Taking it at the same time of day, to help you remember.
- It can take 1 to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication for the treatment of high blood pressure. Even if you feel well, carry on taking this drug. The majority of persons with elevated blood pressure do not feel ill.
- If your condition does not change, or if it worsens, tell your doctor (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase, or you have worsening symptoms of heart failure like increased shortness of breath).
Frequently Asked Questions:
You must avoid potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium-rich foods while taking this medicine.
Side effects of carvedilol are dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, diarrhea. Tell your physician immediately if any of these symptoms get worsening.
Carvedilol lowers blood pressure as well it works as a beta-blockers, but it's primarily used to avoid angina or heart failure by widening blood arteries.