Rated Carvol for Cardiomyopathy Report
My ef was 25% after 2 years my ef was 50%. I did exercise water aerobics, treadmill 5x per wk for 30 min. The medication was a key factor along with COQ10,lcarnitine and flaxseed oil. After 1 year with only Carvol, my ef was 35%. I did feel a lot better . After the second year, with exercise and supplements, I really felt my best.
Rated Carvol for Hypertension Report
Made me very dizzy to the point I couldn't drive at the age of 60. Frequent urination was annoying but not a showstopper.
What is the dosage for Carvol?
- Carvol tablets are usually given twice daily. For high blood pressure, the dose is 6.25 mg twice daily to a maximum of 25 mg twice daily.
- For congestive heart failure, the dose is 3.25 mg twice daily to a maximum of 25 mg twice daily. A maximum dose of 50 mg twice daily has been used in persons weighing more than 85 kg (187 pounds).
- Carvol should be taken with food to slow its absorption and reduce the occurrence of low blood pressure when rising from a sitting or sleeping position (orthostatic hypotension). Stopping and changing doses of Carvol should be done under the direction of a doctor because sudden changes in dose can result in serious cardiac complications such as arrhythmias.
- The dose range for treating heart failure or high blood pressure with extended-release capsules is 10 to 80 mg once daily.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take Carvol if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
asthma, bronchitis, emphysema;
severe liver disease; or
a serious heart condition such as heart block, "sick sinus syndrome," or slow heart rate (unless you have a pacemaker).
To make sure Carvol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
diabetes (taking Carvol can make it harder for you to tell when you have low blood sugar);
angina (chest pain);
liver or kidney disease;
a thyroid disorder;
pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland);
circulation problems (such as Raynaud's syndrome); or
a history of allergies.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Carvol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Serious Side Effects of Carvol
- Low or uneven heartbeats
- Rapid weight gain
- Loss of bladder control
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Trouble breathing
If you experience any of these problems, call your doctor right away.
Other conditions that require you to reach out to your physician include:
- Shortness of breath for no apparent reason
- Numbness or a cold feeling in your hands and feet
- Pale skin
- Rapid heart beat
- Trouble concentrating
- Severe skin reaction
- Sore throat
- Burning eyes
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Fruity breath odor
- Dry skin
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
- Skin pain (followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads, especially on the face or upper body, and causes blistering and peeling)
Seek emergency medical care immediately if you think you are having an allergic reaction.
Signs may range from swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat to hives and difficulty breathing.
Q: Is there a substitute for Carvol?
A: Coreg (Carvol) (//www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/coreg) is an alpha and beta blocker that relaxes blood vessels and slows down the heart. Coreg is used for high blood pressure and heart failure. (//www.everydayhealth.com/high-blood-pressure/guide/). For more information about an alternative for Coreg (Carvol), consult wtih your doctor. It is important when your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals and herbals, as well as foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your health care providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescriptions and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and advise you about drug interactions and side effects. For more specific information or if you have concerns about the Prozac not working effectively, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD
By Sherry Karabin | Medically Reviewed by Ruthan White, PharmD
Latest Update: 2014-10-20 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
What are the side effects of Carvol?
The most common side effects of Carvol are:
Postural hypotension (a rapid decrease in blood pressure when going from the seated to the standing position that causes lightheadedness and/or fainting). Taking Carvol with food minimizes the risk of postural hypotension.
Other common side effects of Carvol are an irregular heart rhythm and vision abnormalities.
Carvol should be used cautiously in patients who use diuretics or who are elderly or that have:
How it works
Carvol belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t fully understood how Carvol works to treat high blood pressure or improve heart function. However, it is known that Carvol improves the workload of your heart, exercise-induced high heart rate, and high heart rate upon standing. It also widens your blood vessels, which helps to decrease your blood pressure.
Carvol oral tablet can cause several types of side effects, including drowsiness. Don’t drive, use machinery, or perform activities that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you.
What are the uses for Carvol?
- Carvol is a diuretic or "water pill" used to control high blood pressure (hypertension). In addition to treating high blood pressure, carvedolil is prescribed to treat:
- Carvol may be used in combination with other drugs to manage mild or moderate congestive heart failure. When it is combined with other treatments for heart disease among patients with recent heart attacks, Carvol can reduce the risk of a second heart attack by 40% and increase survival among patients with congestive heart failure.
- Carvol is also used for treating angina (chest pain from heart disease).
What other drugs will affect Carvol?
Other drugs may interact with Carvol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
If you think you have taken too much get to the emergency room right away or call a poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Signs of an overdose include:
- Slow heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Losing consciousness
History of serious hypersensitivity reaction (eg, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, anaphylactic reaction, angioedema) to any component of this medication or other medications containing Carvol
Bronchial asthma, bronchospasm
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
2°/3° AV block, sick sinus syndrome without permanent pacemaker, cardiogenic shock, severe bradycardia, decompensated heart failure requiring IV inotropic medication
Severe hepatic impairment
What Other Drugs Interact with Carvol?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication for diabetes, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.
Severe Interactions of Carvol include:
Carvol has serious interactions with at least 34 different drugs.
Carvol has moderate interactions with at least 240 different drugs.
Carvol has mild interactions with at least 34 different drugs.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.
Rated Carvol for Cardiomyopathy Report
I have LBBB. My EF was 25 to 30. My EF is now 35 to 40 and I feel very good. I excercise 3 to 5 days a week-not to mention cut out soda, sugar, and watch what I eat and I have lost about 65 pounds. It has been my first year and I thank god for every day I have! For me this medication works best with food and staying active after I take it-not to mention I take it earlier in the evening around 6 with and early meal and it does great. It takes you body getting used too..if you feel stressed by the medicine like heavy heart beats or racing..get an approval to lower your doses by your doc like I did! Good luck out there and fight the fight!
Rated Carvol for Left Ventricular Dysfunction Report
My cardiologist recommended Carvol as part of my therapy to improve EF currently 40%. I take 3.12 mcg dosage in the morning and evening with food. I have only been on the regiment for a couple weeks. BP is 115/70 and pulse 50. This is a big improvement. Side effects so far - constipation and ringing in my ears. Otherwise fine.
Use cautioin in anesthesia or surgery (myocardial depression), cerebrovascular insufficiency, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis, liver disease, peripheral vascular disease (monitor for progression of arterial obstruction), compromised left ventricular function, heart failure, pheochromocytoma, and myasthenia gravis
Avoid beta-blocker use in non-allergic bronchospasm (e.g., chronic bronchitis and emphysema); if deemed necessary, use with caution and at lowest effective dose
Combined incidence of hypotension, syncope, or dizziness reported in elderly patients (>65 years) switched from highest dose of immediate-release Carvol (25 mg q12hr) to extended-release Carvol 80 mg/day
When elderly patients are switched from higher doses of immediate-release Carvol to extended-release Carvol, a lower starting dose is recommended
Sudden discontinuance can exacerbate angina and lead to myocardial infarction
Increased risk of stroke after surgery
Dosage should be reduced if bradycardia (HR 98%