carvedilol (Coreg, Coreg CR) (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Carvedilol is used alone or with a diuretic ("water-pill") to control high blood pressure (hypertension). Carvedilol also may be used in combination with other drugs to manage mild or moderate congestive heart failure. It is also used for treating people who develop heart failure after a heart attack. When combined with other treatments for heart disease among patients with recent heart attacks, carvedilol can reduce the risk of a second heart attack by 40% and increase survival among patients with congestive heart failure.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of carvedilol are:

Taking carvedilol with food minimizes the risk of postural hypotension.

Other common side effects of carvedilol are irregular heart rhythm, and abnormalities of vision.

Carvedilol should be used cautiously in patients who use diuretics or who are elderly or have cirrhosis, asthma, peripheral vascular disease, hyperthyroidism, Prinzmetal's variant angina (angina at rest), or kidney disease.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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