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Carvedilol : Interaction with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine


Interaction of Carvedilol with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Carvedilol is an alpha- and beta-blocker, prescribed for heart failure and high blood pressure.

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Carvedilol Interactions with Food and Herbs

Salt Substitutes: If you are taking carvedilol, you should avoid potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium-rich foods. This combination may reduce or negate carvedilol's effect in reducing blood pressure.
Grapefruit juice: The interaction of grapefruit juice with carvedilol increases the blood levels of the drug.

Carvedilol Interactions with Alcohol

Alcohol is generally toxic to the heart. The combined effect of alcohol and carvedilol may cause excessive dizziness or fainting.
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Carvedilol Interactions with Caffeine

The interaction of beta blockers with caffeine-containing foods and beverages may reduce the effectiveness of the drug. It is better to avoid the intake of caffeine with carvedilol.

How to Take the Medication -

Carvedilol comes in the form of a tablet or an extended-release capsule. You can take the tablet twice a day and the extended-release capsule once a day with food. Swallow the capsule whole or else open the capsule and mix the contents with applesauce. Follow the instructions from your doctor. Don't stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor. If you stop the medicine suddenly, you may experience side effects like irregular heartbeat and chest pain.
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