What is it used for?
CARVEDILOL is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failures.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking this medicine?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- circulation problems
- history of heart attack or heart disease
- liver disease
- lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
- 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
How is this medicine should be taken?
Take it orally accompanied with a glass of water. It is best to take the tablets with food. Your doses should be taken at the regular intervals. You should never take this medicine more often than prescribed. You should never stop taking this medicine prematurely unless your doctor specifically advised you to do so.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine by children. Special care might be necessary.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions with the other medicine/food/etc?
Do not take this medicine with the following:
This medicine may also interact with the following:
- 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
This list is not all-inclusive and may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you are using. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking it?
Your should check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly during the treatment course with this medicine. Inquire with your doctor or health care professional of what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and under what circumstances you should contact them. You shouldn’t stop taking this medicine abruptly. This could lead to serious heart-related effects.
Contact your doctor or health care professional if you have difficulty breathing while taking this drug.
You should also check your weight daily. Inquire with your doctor or health care professional about when you should notify them of any weight gain.
You may experience drowsiness or dizziness symptoms. 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. Refrain from using alcohol at all costs.
If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar as directed. Tell your doctor if you have changes in your blood sugar during the treatment course with this medicine.
If you are planning to have a surgery, inform your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.
Does this medicine have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- allergic reactions like skin rashes, itching or hives,face, lips, or tongue swelling
- issues with breathing
- dark urine
- irregular heartbeat
- swollen legs or ankles
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- change in sex drive or performance
- dry eyes (especially if wearing contact lenses)
- dry, itching skin
- unusually tired
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
Store it at the room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Keep away from moisture. Keep container tightly closed. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.