Carvedilol Side Effects

Do you need to know more about carvedilol side effects? Carvedilol is a prescription drug used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure. It is a type of medication called a beta blocker, which works by relaxing blood vessels and slowing heart rate. This improves blood flow and decreases blood pressure.

The major side effect of carvedilol is hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Call your doctor immediately if you experience the symptoms of hyperglycemia, which can include extreme thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weakness, and blurred vision.

In addition, carvedilol users can experience common side effects that include tiredness; weakness, lightheadedness or dizziness; diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; trouble with vision or dry eyes; joint pain; difficulty sleeping; cough; and numbness, burning or tingling in the extremities. If these side effects are pervasive enough that they affect your daily life, let your doctor know.

Besides hyperglycemia, there are other carvedilol side effects that can be dangerous. These include fainting; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or swallowing; weight gain; swelling of the extremities; slow or irregular heartbeat; and rash, hives or itching. If you experience any of these carvedilol side effects, call your doctor right away.

You can avoid side effects by taking your medication according to your doctor's instructions. You should typically take carvedilol twice a day with food. Swallow the capsules whole. You should not stop taking carvedilol unless directed by your doctor. He or she will probably want to wean you off the medication gradually. Stopping suddenly can cause serious side effects, including chest pain, arrhythmia or heart attack.

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