Tablets: 3.125 milligrams,
Tablets: 6.25 milligrams,
Tablets: 12.5 milligrams,
Tablets: 25 milligrams.
Coreg is prescribed by itself or with a diuretic ("water-pill") to control high blood pressure.
Coreg is prescribed in combination with other drugs to manage mild or
moderate congestive heart failure. When combined with other treatments for heart disease
among patients with recent heart attacks, Coreg can reduce the risk of a
second heart attack by 40% and increase survival among patients with congestive
Coreg lowers blood pressure and increases the output of the heart. It is prescribed for people with congestive heart failure to increase survival and reduce the need for hospitalization. Coreg may be prescribed if you have survived a heart attack and now suffer from left ventricular dysfunction, a condition where the left side of the heart no longer pumps properly. It is also prescribed to control high blood pressure. It is often prescribed with other drugs.
Coreg usually is given twice daily. For high blood pressure, the dose may range from 6.25 milligrams twice daily to a
maximum of 25 milligrams twice daily. For congestive heart failure, the dose
may range from 3.25 milligrams twice daily to a maximum of 25 milligrams twice daily in
persons weighing less than 85kg (187 pounds) or 50 milligrams twice daily in
persons weighing more than 85kg (187 pounds). Coreg should be
taken with food since this increases the amount of absorbed drug that
reaches the heart and arteries. Stopping and changing doses of
Coreg should be done under the direction of a physician since
sudden changes in dose can result in serious cardiac complications
such as arrhythmias.
The starting dose is 6.25 mg twice a day with food. Your doctor may raise the dosage every 1 or 2 weeks to a maximum of 50 mg a day.
Congestive Heart Failure
The starting dose is 3.125 mg twice a day with food. Your doctor may increase the dosage every 2 weeks. The maximum dosage, for people weighing over 187 pounds, is 100 mg a day.
Left Ventricular Dysfunction Following a Heart Attack
The starting dose ranges from 3.125 to 6.25 mg twice a day with food. Your doctor may increase the dosage after 3 to 10 days to 12.5 mg twice a day. Based on your response, the doctor may again increase the dose up to a maximum of 25 mg twice a day.
The safety and effectiveness of Coreg have not been studied in children under 18.
The most common side effects of Coreg are:
- Decreased Heart Rate;
- Diarrhea And Postural Hypotension (A Rapid Decrease In Blood Pressure When Going From The Seated To The Standing Position That Causes Light-Headedness And/Or Fainting);
- Edema (Fluid Accumulation);
Taking Coreg with food minimizes the risk of postural hypotension.
Other common side effects of Coreg are:
- Abnormalities Of Vision;
- Irregular Heart Rhythm;
Coreg should be prescribed cautiously in patients who use diuretics or
- Elderly Or Have Cirrhosis;
- Kidney Disease;
- Peripheral Vascular Disease;
- Prinzmetal'S Variant Angina (Angina At Rest);
Coreg side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Weight Gain;
- Vision Changes;
- Upper Respiratory Infection;
- Slow Heartbeat;
- Sinus Problems;
- Shortness Of Breath;
- Low Blood Pressure;
- Joint Pain;
- Increased Cholesterol;
- Increased Blood Sugar Levels;
- Fluid In The Lungs;
- Back Pain;