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General Information on Carvedilol

Generic Name : Carvedilol

Pronunciation : kar-VE-dil-ol

Latest prescription information about Carvedilol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51.7 | Therapeutic Classification : Beta- Adrenergic Blockers

Why is Carvedilol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an alpha- and beta-blocker, prescribed for heart failure and high blood pressure.  

When should Carvedilol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity; severe chronic heart failure, bronchial asthma or similar conditions, severe liver damage.

What is the dosage of Carvedilol?

Oral- Hypertension- Adult: Initially, 12.5 mg once daily increased to 25 mg once daily after 2 days. Alternatively, initial dose of 6.25 mg bid increased to 12.5 mg bid after 1-2 wk, increased further if necessary to 50 mg once daily or in divided doses. Elderly: 12.5 mg once daily.
Angina pectoris- Adult: Initially, 12.5 mg bid increased to 25 mg bid after 2 days.
Heart failure- Adult: Initially, 3.125 mg bid, doubled to 6.25 mg bid after 2 wk if tolerated, then gradually increased to the max dose the patient can tolerate at intervals of not <2 wk. Max dose: >85 kg: 50 mg bid; <85 kg: 25 mg bid.
Left ventricular dysfunction post myocardial infarction- Adult: Initially: 6.25 mg bid, if tolerated, after 3-10 days, increase to 12.5 mg bid and then to a target dose of 25 mg bid.

How should Carvedilol be taken?

It comes as a tablet and an extended-release (long-acting) capsule to take by mouth. The tablet is usually taken twice a day with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Carvedilol?

• Avoid abrupt withdrawal sometimes heart attack may occur if you suddenly stop it.

• It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Caution needed during pregnancy and lactation.

What are the side effects of Carvedilol?

  Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
  Central Nervous System: Dizziness, fatigue, headache, lightheadedness, disorientation, fainting.
  Heart: Chest pain, irregular or unusually slow heartbeat.
  Eye: Dry eyes, persistent or severe vision changes.
  Miscellaneous: Change in the amount of urine produced, fever, sudden, unusual weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding.

What are the other precautions for Carvedilol?

Monitor blood pressure regularly.

What are the storage conditions for Carvedilol?

Store below 30°C.keep away from children.

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My Dad is 67 yrs old, underwent bypass in 2005. Last month he had fever due to liver abses, post admiting him he got accute heart failure followed by stroke and paralysis in a week. after a month in hospital now he is back and suggested with Pradexa 110 mg 1-0-1, cardevas 3.125 mg 1-0-1, Eitel 40 mg 1-0-0, Meganeuron plus 1-0-0. His BP shows 100/60 or 90/60 sometimes. When BP is below 100 we donot give him Eritel 40. Please suggest me whether we shall continue with all above tablets irrespective of his low BP?

rvps40, India

i am a male aged 73 years.i had CABG IN 1998.Among several medicines prescribed at the time of my discharge,cardivas was one and i am advised to continue this medicine even now more than ten years after my surgery.My query is whether continuance of this medicine is necessary.my heart beat and pulse rate are normal.

abhaykeny, India

The dryness of eyes is observed with blurred vision while taking this mediine
Abhay Keny Madgaon Goa

sachys, Malaysia

Blood pressure level drops as low as 90/60, but NO other complaints.

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