What is Coreg
is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers
affect the heart and circulatory system (arteries and veins).
is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension).
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Coreg
Do not stop taking Coreg without first talking to
your doctor. Stopping Coreg abruptly may cause your condition
to become worse.
Call your doctor immediately if
you experience shortness of breath.
Use caution while
driving or performing other hazardous activities. Coreg
may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and blood pressure changes.
Rise slowly from a sitting or lying position. If you become
dizzy, remain sitting or lying down. Call your doctor if
dizziness is persistent.
What you should find out before taking
Before taking Coreg, tell your doctor if you have:
- a heart problem such as low blood
pressure, a slow heart rate, heart block, sick sinus syndrome,
a pacemaker, heart failure, and others;
- thyroid disease;
- liver disease; or
type of circulatory disease.
You may not be able
to take Coreg, or you may require a dosage adjustment or
special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the
conditions listed above.
Coreg is in the FDA pregnancy
category C. This means that it is not known whether Coreg
will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without
first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could
become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known
whether Coreg passes into breast milk. Do not take Coreg
without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding
How should take Coreg Take Coreg exactly as directed by your doctor. If
you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
dose with a full glass of water.
Take Coreg with
food to minimize dizziness.
Take Coreg at the same
time every day whenever possible.
Do not stop taking
Coreg without first talking to your doctor. Stopping Coreg
abruptly may cause your condition to become worse.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If
it is almost time for the next dose, however, skip the missed
dose and only take the next regularly scheduled dose. Do
not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention.
of a Coreg overdose include a slow heart beat, fainting,
dizziness, weakness, confusion, seizures, nausea, and vomiting.
Avoid while taking this Coreg Use caution while driving or performing other hazardous
activities. Coreg may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and blood
pressure changes. Rise slowly from a sitting or lying position.
If you become dizzy, remain sitting or lying down. Call
your doctor if dizziness is persistent.
cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness
while taking this medication.
Tell your doctor and
dentist that you are taking Coreg before having surgery.
Possible side effects of Coreg If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Coreg and call your doctor immediately
or seek emergency medical treatment:
- an allergic
reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling
of the lips, face, or tongue; hives);
or shortness of breath;
- an unusually slow or irregular
- sudden weight gain (more than 2 pounds
in one day or 5 pounds in one week);
- chest (heart)
- swelling of the feet and lower legs; or
unusually cold or blue hands or feet.
If you experience
any of the following less serious side effects, continue
taking Coreg and talk to your doctor:
fatigue, or dizziness;
- weak pulse or a mildly slow
- diarrhea or abdominal pain;
- dryness of the eyes (this may be bothersome
if you wear contact lenses).
Side effects other than
those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about
any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially
What other drugs will affect Coreg Before taking Coreg, talk to your doctor if you are
taking any of the following medicines:
- a heart
medication such as nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), reserpine
(Serpasil), verapamil (Calan, Verelan, Isoptin), diltiazem
(Cardizem, Dilacor XR), clonidine (Catapres), digoxin (Lanoxin),
doxazosin (Cardura), guanadrel (Hylorel), prazosin (Minipress),
or terazosin (Hytrin);
- a diabetes medication such
as insulin, glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase, Glynase), glipizide
(Glucotrol), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), or metformin (Glucophage);
- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such
as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, others), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox,
Naprosyn, others), ketoprofen (Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail),
- a respiratory medication such as albuterol
(Ventolin, Proventil, Volmax, others), bitolterol (Tornalate),
metaproterenol (Alupent, Metaprel), pirbuterol (Maxair),
terbutaline (Brethaire, Brethine, Bricanyl), or theophylline
(Theo-Dur, Theochron, Theolair, others), and others;
the stomach medication cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
- prescription or over-the-counter cough medicines,
cold medicines, or diet pills.
other than those listed here may also interact with Coreg
or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist
before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines,
including herbal products.