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Can You Get a Carvedilol Prescription Online?

March 19, 2019 Read Time - 5 minutes

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Ryan has a background in geochemical research and enjoys writing on technical subjects like health and science. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT and can be found recreating in the local mountains.

Can You Get a Carvedilol Prescription Online?

Getting a Carvedilol prescription online is easy. Book an online appointment with a PlushCare doctor today. They can determine if Carvedilol is right for you, write or refill a prescription online, and electronically send your prescription to a pharmacy near you.

What is Carvedilol and What Does it Treat?

Carvedilol is a medication belonging to the drug class known as a beta-blockers, which help reduce stress on the heart and ease circulation. Carvedilol is a diuretic (“water pill”) that is used to treat congestive heart failure, left ventricular dysfunction, high blood pressure (hypertension), and angina.

It is also prescribed to heart attack victims to help increase their chance of survival. Carvedilol is usually prescribed alongside other medications.

It is important to treat high blood pressure because it can lead to serious and life-threatening conditions such as kidney disease, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.

Different beta-blocker drugs and their brand names:

  • Carvedilol (Coreg and Coreg CR)
  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Acebutolol (Sectral)
  • Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
  • Metroprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Nebivolol (Bystolic)
  • Propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL)

How Does Carvedilol Work?

The heart has beta1 receptors that influence heart rate. Carvedilol and other beta-blockers block the beta1 receptors in the heart from stimulation. This slows down the heart rate, relaxes blood vessels, reduces heart contraction force, and decreases blood pressure.

Carvedilol Dosage and Treatment

Carvedilol comes as immediate-release tablets (taken twice daily) or extended-release capsules (taken once daily), both are taken orally with food.

Dosages vary and depend on which formulation is taken, what condition is being treated, and various characteristics of the individual. Always follow the directions given by your doctor in the instructions on the prescription label.

Normally the doctor will prescribe a relatively low initial dose (6.25 to 20 mg/day). After 1 to 2 weeks, the dosage is increased (if tolerated by the patient). Dosage increases continue every 1 to 2 weeks until an ideal maintenance dosage is reached.

Carvedilol is used to help control conditions, it does not cure them. Carvedilol is meant to be taken regularly, possibly for the rest of your life. Even if you are feeling well, medication should still be taken as directed by your doctor.

Benefits of Carvedilol

Carvedilol helps reduce overall strain on the heart. It can help prevent serious complications of hypertension such as heart failure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. For people who already have heart failure, Carvedilol can be used to help them survive.

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Side Effects of Carvedilol

Most common side effects (affects over 10% of patients):

Common side effects (affects 1 to 10% have patients):

  • Allergies
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Swelling in the lower extremities
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Weight gain

Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following side effects, some of which are common:

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow heartbeats
  • Severe allergic reaction (rash, hives, or difficulty breathing and swallowing; this is a life-threatening emergency)
  • Weight gain
  • Swelling in the lower extremities
  • High blood sugar (frequent urination, weakness, blurred vision, and extreme thirst or hunger)

Other side effects can occur. If you experience any side effects not listed above, tell your doctor.

Considerations and Precautions of Carvedilol

Carvedilol is known to have adverse interactions with 1,042 other drugs. Discuss all medications you are taking (or plan to take) with your doctor before taking Carvedilol.

Disease Interactions

Before taking Carvedilol, discuss with your doctor other conditions you have. In particular, tell them if you have any of the following:

  • Asthma
  • Chest pain
  • Bronchitis or emphysema
  • Circulation problems
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • AV block
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver or kidney disease or impairment
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hyperthyroidism or other common thyroid disorders
  • Psoriasis
  • High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)

Other Considerations

  • Getting up too fast can cause dizziness and falling. Stand up slowly from sitting or lying positions.
  • Alcohol can lower blood pressure and increase the likelihood of Carvedilol side effects. Avoid consuming alcohol (and medications containing alcohol) within 2 hours of taking extended-release Carvedilol.
  • Multivitamins and other herbal supplements can decrease the effects of Carvedilol. Tell your doctor if you take any vitamins or herbal supplements.

Can You Buy Carvedilol Online?

Yes, you can buy Carvedilol and other prescription only drugs online. Although there are dangerous online “pharmacies” that can damage your health and/or wallet, there are safe ones as well. The FDA has a guide for choosing an online pharmacy.

Fortunately, there are reputable sites like PlushCare where you can talk to a doctor through an online appointment. If your doctor decides Carvedilol is appropriate for you, they can write or refill a prescription online and help you choose a trustworthy online pharmacy.

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