carvedilol (generic name)

Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly
(KAR ve dil ol)
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What is this medicine?

CARVEDILOL (KAR ve dil ol) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • circulation problems
  • diabetes
  • history of heart attack or heart disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
  • pheochromocytoma
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to carvedilol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take the tablets with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • sotalol

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cimetidine
  • clonidine
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
  • medicines for depression like fluoxetine and paroxetine
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines to control heart rhythm like propafenone and quinidine
  • reserpine
  • rifampin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This could lead to serious heart-related effects.

Contact your doctor or health care professional if you have difficulty breathing while taking this drug.

Check your weight daily. Ask your doctor or health care professional when you should notify him/her of any weight gain.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly. Alcohol can make you more drowsy, and increase flushing and rapid heartbeats. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar as directed. Tell your doctor if you have changes in your blood sugar while you are taking this medicine.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2009
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