Ucardol is an oral medication used in a twice a day dosing therapy in immediate-release form or daily dosing in a controlled release form. The dose is individualized based on blood pressure and heart rate response, although if used in heart failure, the dose gets titrated up as directed by guideline-directed management and therapy. Dose ranges include from 3.125 mg twice daily to 25 mg twice daily. A total dose of up to 100 mg daily is permissible in patients weighing over 85 kg. Per guideline-directed management and therapy for heart failure, Ucardol is up-titrated to 25 mg twice daily as tolerated.
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Treatment with Ucardol is usually long-term. Continue to take the tablets regularly unless you are told otherwise.
There are several different strengths of tablet. If your tablets look unexpectedly different from before, ask your pharmacist to check them for you.
The most common side-effects are feeling tired and/or dizzy, and headache.
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Using clonidine with Ucardol can lower your blood pressure and heart rate even further. If you’re switching to Ucardol from clonidine, your doctor will slowly take you off clonidine. You’ll start Ucardol several days after stopping clonidine. If you need both drugs, your doctor will watch you for low blood pressure and low heart rate. If you’re on both drugs and both need to be stopped, your doctor will stop your treatment with Ucardol first and clonidine a few days later.
Common Side Effects of Ucardol
- Vision changes
- Changes in sex drive or performance
FDA warning: Don't stop this drug suddenly
- Sudden drug stoppage warning: Don’t stop taking this drug without talking to your doctor first. Stopping Ucardol suddenly can cause changes in your heart rhythm, worsened chest pain, or a heart attack. If you will be stopping this drug, your doctor will slowly lower your dosage over one to two weeks to help prevent these effects. If your chest pain or heart problems get worse after stopping this drug, your doctor may have you start taking it again for a short time.
- Low heart rate warning: Ucardol can decrease your heart rate. If your heart rate drops below 55 beats per minute, your doctor may decrease your dosage of this drug.
- Low blood pressure warning: Ucardol can cause dangerously low blood pressure, which may cause you to lose consciousness. This risk is highest after your first doses and during dosing increases. To decrease the risk of this happening, take Ucardol with food. Your doctor may start you on a low dosage and slowly increase it.
- Diabetes warning: Ucardol can cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) and delay how long it takes your blood sugar levels to return to normal. It may also mask the signs of low blood sugar levels. Use this drug with caution if you have diabetes, especially if you take insulin or other diabetes drugs that can cause low blood sugar.
Ucardol oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Coreg. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, a generic drug may not be available in every strength or form as a brand-name version.
Ucardol also comes as an extended-release oral capsule.
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Coreg (Ucardol) is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (beta-blocker) used to treat heart failure, hypertension, and left ventricular dysfunction after a heart attack. Coreg is available in generic form. Common side effects of Coreg include
Contact your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Coreg including
- feeling faint,
- slow or irregular heart beats,
- chest pain,
- shortness of breath,
- difficulty swallowing
- loss of bladder control, or
- severe skin reaction.
Coreg is available in strengths of 3.125, 6.25, 12.5, or 25 mg tablets. Coreg is usually taken with food; the recommended starting dose of Coreg (Ucardol) is 3.125 mg twice daily for 2 weeks for heart failure while for other problems, the starting dose is 6.25 mg twice a day. Coreg may have serious side effects that include hypotension, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, difficult breathing and swallowing, hives or rash, swelling, and fainting. Patients with hepatic impairment should not take Coreg. Coreg may interact with allergy treatments (or if you are undergoing allergy skin-testing), cimetidine, cyclosporine, fluconazole, insulin or oral diabetes medications, rifampin, antidepressants, heart or blood pressure medicines, heart rhythm medications, HIV or AIDS medicines, MAO inhibitors, medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, or narcotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Severe exacerbation of angina, heart attack and ventricular arrhythmias has been reported in angina patients following the abrupt discontinuation of therapy with beta-blockers like Coreg. Effectiveness of COREG (Ucardol) in patients younger than 18 years of age has not been established. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant or breastfeeding women; Coreg may be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus or infant.
Our Coreg Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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I haven't had any real side effects or problems with the drug except sometimes when I start exercising I feel a little tightness in my chest. If I take a minute and stop exercising the tightness goes away and I continue exercising with no further side effects. I'm taking 3.125 dosages twice daily. Also weight control I have found to be more difficult because I believe the slowing down of my heart rate and body metabolism. As a side note, everything below the belt side works well when required without any sexual helping enhancing drugs.
Q: Is there a substitute for Ucardol?
A: Coreg (Ucardol) (//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 (Ucardol), 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
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Algunos efectos secundarios pueden ser graves. Si usted experimenta alguno de los siguientes sГntomas, llame a su doctor de inmediato:
- respiraciГіn entrecortada
- aumento de peso
- inflamaciГіn de los brazos, manos, pies, tobillos o pantorrillas
- dolor en el pecho
- ritmo cardГaco mГЎs lento que lo normal o irregular
- sarpullido (erupciones en la piel)
- dificultad para respirar o tragar
El Ucardol puede causar otros efectos secundarios. Llame a su doctor si tiene cualquier problema extraГ±o mientras toma este medicamento.
Si desarrolla un efecto secundario grave, usted o su doctor puede enviar un informe al programa de divulgaciГіn de efectos adversos 'MedWatch' de la AdministraciГіn de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por su sigla en inglГ©s) en la pГЎgina de Internet (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) o por telГ©fono al 1-800-332-1088.
How to use Ucardol
See also Warning section.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking Ucardol and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with food as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 1 to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase, or you have worsening symptoms of heart failure like increased shortness of breath).
Heart rhythm drugs
Taking certain heart rhythm drugs with Ucardol can cause more severe side effects. The combination may lower your heart rate or blood pressure, or worsen a heart blockage. Your doctor may watch you closely for side effects or adjust the dosage of Ucardol or your heart rhythm drug.
Examples of these drugs include:
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Taking Ucardol with cyclosporine may increase the levels of cyclosporine in your body. Your doctor may lower your dosage of cyclosporine and monitor you closely.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
This drug comes with several warnings.
What Is Ucardol and How Does It Work?
Ucardol is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is also used after a heart attack to improve the chance of survival if your heart is not pumping well. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Ucardol works by blocking the action of certain natural substances in your body, such as epinephrine, on the heart and blood vessels. This effect lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on your heart. Ucardol belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha and beta-blockers.
Ucardol may also be used to treat a certain type of irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation).
Ucardol is available under the following different brand names: Coreg, and Coreg CR.
Pregnancy and Ucardol
There are no adequate studies to determine how Ucardol might affect you if you are pregnant.
There is also no conclusive evidence as to whether it might harm your baby if you are taking it while breastfeeding.
Let your doctor know right way if you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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
El Ucardol puede provocar efectos secundarios. DГgale a su doctor si cualquiera de estos sГntomas se vuelve grave o no desaparece:
- dolor de cabeza
- cambios en la visiГіn
- dolor en las articulaciones
- dificultad para quedarse o permanecer dormido
- ojos secos
- entumecimiento, ardor, u hormigueo en los brazos o piernas
History of serious hypersensitivity reaction (eg, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, anaphylactic reaction, angioedema) to any component of this medication or other medications containing Ucardol
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
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Extreme urination, up approximately 5 times a night, even after cutting down on liquids after four p.m. Ifelt like I had a a urinary infection, discomfort in the abdomen