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Carvedilol is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure and angina (chest pain)

How it works

Carvedilol blocks the action of certain chemical messengers on the heart and blood vessels. This can lower the blood pressure, abnormally fast heartbeat and reduces strain on the heart following a heart attack.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Fatigue, Dizziness, Abdominal pain, Breathlessness, Palpitations, Diarrhoea, Slow heart rate, Constipation

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Expert advice

  • Carvedilol may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  • The Carvedilol may affect your blood sugar and cover up the symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • Carvedilol may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid the use of tobacco.
  • Consult your doctor whether to continue Carvedilol before any scheduled surgery.
  • It is not the first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have a heart failure or heart disease.
  • Adults over the age of 65 may be at greater risk for the side-effects.

Frequently asked questions



What is carvedilol?
Carvedilol is a beta-blocker used to treat angina (chest discomfort that occurs when blood vessels supplying oxygen-rich blood to heart are narrowed), heart failure and high blood pressure


Is carvedilol a blood thinner/diuretic/cardioselective/ nitrate/alpha blocker/narcotic?
Carvedilol belongs to a class of medication call beta-blockers. It is not a blood thinner/diuretic/cardioselective/nitrate/alpha blocker/narcotic


How does carvedilol work?
It relaxes the blood vessels and reduced the blood pressure, making it easier for a weak heart to pump blood at a slower rate

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Does it treat blood pressure?
Carvedilol is used to treat heart failure, hypertension and high blood pressure


Is carvedilol safe?
Carvedilol is safe when taken for an indication and at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor


Is carloc the same as carvedilol?
Carloc is the brand name of carvedilol


Can I take carvedilol with ibuprofen/ Tylenol (paracetamol)/ Benadryl (diphenhydramine) / Aleve (naproxen)/ Nyquil (acetaminophen/dextromethorphan/ doxylamine/pseudoephedrine) / Xanax (alprazolam)?
Carvedilol is known to interact with several drugs and so should be taken along with these drugs only with strict instructions of the doctor. If you are already taking these drugs, inform the doctor if he is prescribing carvedilol to you


Does carvedilol cause hair loss/erectile dysfunction/constipation/impotence/cough/swelling/ fatigue?
Carvedilol is not known to cause hair loss, erectile dysfunction or impotence. Some of the side effects of taking carvedilol may be constipation/swelling/cough/fatigue. Please inform the doctor about any new symptom that occurs after starting carvedilol.

Content on this page was last updated on 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)