User Reviews for Carvedilol to treat Heart Failure
Brand names: Coreg, Coreg CR
Carvedilol has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 44 ratings for the treatment of Heart Failure. 59% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 25% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Carvedilol
"Since taking carvedilol I have gained about 40 lbs.,without any change to my diet. My cardiologist says no, that doesn’t happen. However, I have seen this same complaint from thousands of online comments. What is a good alternative to Carvedilol that does not add excessive weight? Doctors, if you’re not taking the drug, do not make ridiculous comments about side effects. Your drug company rep isn’t going to tell you the truth on side effects."
"I had a leg injury. Doctors would not give me a real pain pill. They only gave me over-the-counter naproxen sodium Aleve which does not control pain at all and caused stomach ache and mild heart failure. After some weeks of rest, my heart was perfectly good, back to normal. The problems did not start, until the doctor put me on Carvedilol Coreg which is a Beta Blocker, it blocks some brain chemicals and hormones, such as Adrenaline, and causes the heart to pump slower. After that, I went into a steady decline. Worse every month. My heart now feels that it struggles to pump, and blood pressure feels too low. Leg muscles are now too weak to do leg lifts. I feel less youthful, feel suddenly older, and my heart muscle struggles to pump strong enough. Heart is over exerting. I have sleep apnea and sometimes it is easier to sleep sitting up. Carvedilol Coreg makes my heart too weak to sleep in a sitting position, I need to be laying flat, for heart to pump comfortably."
Coreg (carvedilol) "I participated in the blind study at University hospital in Denver CO in the 90's. EF was 12% was given 6 months to live in 1992 at 24 yrs old, a 6 month old daughter. I must have gotten the actual medicine in the trial. I was glad to participate, and was excited when FDA approved Coreg. I had gotten to over 400lbs. Now 22 years later my EF is 52% and weight 165 and a B.S. M.S. degree and working on Ph.D and watching my daughter do wonderful things. I'm grateful for Coreg and my awesome cardiac and PCP team."
"I was taking metoprolol for a couple of years for heart failure and high blood pressure with absolutely no problems. Then my cardiologist left the clinic and the new guy switched me to Carvedilol 25 mg twice a day. Immediately I suffered shortness of breath, profound weakness, and dizziness to the point where I almost passed out a few times. Demanded to be taken off it and put back on the metoprolol. This was just my experience with Carvedilol and yours may be different. But doctors who think nothing of playing with a patient’s medications for no good reason make me sick."
Coreg (carvedilol) "Coreg (Carvedilol) saved my life for 2.9 years then one day my defibrillator activated & sent me into a blackout in my bathtub. After a device check reading of 325 beats per min., a heart cath & no other findings at the hospital, the Coreg got the blame; they changed me to Metroprol; wrong. Coreg kept me active, happy & gave me my life back. Sure there are side effects but they don't last long; I could function daily. With Metroprol, gained weigh, stayed very fatigued & developed vertigo. Finally, I had a move & got another cardiologist. I told him my wish was to go back to Coreg & explained why I was taken off this med; now, I'm back on Coreg. I know beta blockers are not all kosher but NEVER EVER go off meds w/o your doctor's knowledge. Also, lost my hubby to basilar artery stroke 10 days before his 30 year retirement due to his belief in no meds. Don't do it! It may your life you save. Always talk with the doctor & you always have the right to a 2nd doctor's advise."
Coreg (carvedilol) "Works well for Congestive Heart Failure CHF,. however, I started using it years ago and we have discovered that Coreg may cause painful peripheral neuropathy. I am not diabetic but have developed the neuropathy and the only guess from doctors is that it was caused by the Coreg."
"I have been diagnosed with CHF on April 2019 nobody knows the reason since I don’t have history, I never drink alcohol, never smoke, never use drugs. I have very low BP around 100, I am 43y I was very active running 2 miles/18 minuets daily. In April my heart EF was 15% the doctor put me on Carvedilol 3.125mg twice a day for one month then doubled the dose, I suffered a lot from dizziness, shortness breath almost pass out. The doctor said that’s all for my benefit. I continued my work out, I improved a lot I am able now to do 2 miles in 25 minutes. In July 2019. I did ECHO to evaluate the progress then the doctor was disappointed that my heart still %15 EF. But I feel good ..."
Coreg (carvedilol) "I was hospitalized 3 years ago for Congestive Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation with an EF of 20%. After a 17-day hospital stay & an ablation, I was sent home with many meds, including Coreg. I started at the lowest dosage and slowly got to tolerate my current dosage of 12.5 mg 2x day. My current EF is 45% & I believe Coreg continues to save my life every day."
Coreg (carvedilol) "Coreg worked fine for me at 12.5 mg twice a day. However, as a former smoker, when my physician increased the dosage to 25mg 2x a day, I had trouble breathing, walking, and my feet swelled up. Coreg should be kept at a minimal dose if the patient has an underlying lung problem. My physician had to stop the drug completely."
Coreg (carvedilol) "I had an EF of 12 - no cause or history or heard disease. My doctor put me on Coreg along with other meds and 6 months later, my EF is 55-60. I have some side effects from the Coreg, mainly some weakness and occasionally some dizziness, but it is nothing compared to being in heart failure. Very thankful my doc prescribed this med."
Coreg (carvedilol) "Started living with congestive heart failure caused by virus in 1996. Started on Coreg in 2001 when EF hit 15. Went back up to 41 within a few months and remains at that level. I am now 68. I'm sure I wouldn't be here, were it not for this medicine. Don't seem to have side effects."
"Carvedilol has saved my life. I can't see any issues with this drug. Before taking it, my EF was between 14-19, now after years of taking it my EF ranges between 29-40. In 2004 the docs told me without a transplant for my Cardiomyopathy I had maybe 5 years left. Guess what, 2021 is coming up and I will be celebrating it with my 2 teen daughters thanks to carvedilol. My one and only side effect is some light headedness and that is expected from a beta blocker, cause it will lower your blood pressure some."
Coreg (carvedilol) "I had a mitral Valve repair and my EF dropped to 30. I was put on Coreg for 6 months, and I experienced periods of dizziness and muscle pain. I worked out and played tennis 3 times a week--surprising my doctor. I had no problems, but my EF never improved above 30-35 range. Since Coregs main purpose seems to be to lower blood pressure, I am not sure why they insisted I go on it for low EF. I started taking CoQ10 and no Coreq and now my EF has improved to 40 and I felt better and no dizziness. I don't believe that Coreg actually helps with EF. I think the studies were flawed to prove something that is not true."
Coreg (carvedilol) "I had a virus infection of the back wall of my heart. In Feb 2007, my EF was 20% and I was throwing PVC's like crazy. My cardiologist started me on Coreg (carvedilol) but could not tolerate a dose higher than 3.125mg and he also started me on Vasotec (enalapril) and, again, I could not tolerate a dose higher than 2.5mg. In fact, I take my blood pressure before every dose (2x daily) and if it is less than 130, I do not take the Vasotec. By June 2007, my EF was 68% and only the occasional PVC these days. Coreg and Vasotec continue to work very well and have saved my life!"
Coreg CR (carvedilol) "This medicine has saved my husbands life! He went in to heart failure & had a EF of 10% in 2011. With 16 days hospitalization & discharged with this medication and a few more he has thrived and continues to do well today."
Coreg (carvedilol) "In June 07 at age 47, to my doctor's disbelief, I was on life support and confirmed to have congestive heart failure. After trials for weeks on different medicines my doctor ask me to try Coreg with my Lasix. Boy was I thankful. Today 6 months later I am 2804 miles from home, living a very normal and happy life."
"I was diagnosed with CHF and EF less than 35% in March 2021.. 3.25mg of Carvedilol twice a day doubling dosage every two weeks until 25mg 2x a day was reached. Immediately starting this medication I felt like my heart was getting worse. I had read the side effects and I waited for my side effects to calm down. They didn't they got worse with good day tucked in here and there. The pain in my upper legs was unbearable and constant chest pains, the feeling of disconnect with my surroundings, constant fighting off dizzy spells and weakness. I went from doing handyman work up a ladder all day in January to barely able to get out of bed by the end of May. My blood glucose levels went completely nuts. Beware of this med I felt trapped and I was told I had to take it to help my heart but then felt as if it was really bad for me making me worse than I was. It made me completely nonfunctional in a matter of months. I felt so much better in a matter of hours after discontinuing its use."
Coreg (carvedilol) "After getting Sepsis from UTI I ended up with heart failure at 35-40%. I was initially put on Coreg at 3.125 and doing well.. Hope to have another Echo soon and see how much I have improved in the last 3 months. No other meds with it. I am so so much better.. Almost back to 100% activity."
"Coreg was slowly killing me and I didn't know it. I kept passing out, broke my nose, broke my back along with other injuries from just dropping. My last horrible experience was Ischemic Colitis from very low blood pressure. I was in the hospital for six days and cardiology realized my very low dose of this was dropping my BP dangerously low along with my EF dropping 15%. They switched the Coreg to Metropolol. I am no longer coughing uncontrollably, wheezing, coughing up a lot of white mucous! This was all due to Coreg! Never again!"
"2 weeks into taking Coreg CR 10 mg I noticed blurring vision, felt like I was walking with a lean to the right side and dizzy kinda like after 4 beers chugged in 10 minutes and would break out in cold sweats with chest tightness. I quit for 1 day and called nurse telling her the above. She agreed no more CR at 10 mg so I switched to the 3.125 mg morning and evening dosage. Wow what a difference in how you feel and act. The reason I am on this drug is I had my lungs fill up with fluid and they have no idea the reason as to why as I was in bed and merely rolled over oxygen level tumbled down into the 60's and I had very bad wheezing and felt as if I were drowning and I know that sensation all too well. But without any form of insurance I could not have all the test most people get but I did have a nuclear stress which showed no blockages and the echo showed a EF of 34% so the diagnosis was CHF ."
"I started Coreg in 2006 and I found out my ejection fraction (EF) was about 30 after using cored at 3.25mg than upward to 50 mg took almost 6 months to get there now my EF is around 55-60 this is a wonderful drug and it saved my life"
"Dr. put me on carvedilol a few weeks ago its the worst thing I've ever taken. It causes dizziness, lightheaded and I think insomnia. I'm going to another Dr. the end of the week and see if she will take me off it."
"Symptoms using Generic: Sudden severe weakness nearly always occurring mid morning, blood pressure plummets and one time it went so low my defibrillator had to zap me. There is a difference between Coreg brand drug and generic carvedilol. I have been in the ER many times in the past because of it and they found nothing each time. Thanks to O-care coreg costs $110 out of pocket now and I cannot take the generic for very long without the side effect I stated. Cure: Short term: drink some V8. The potassium in it will help reregulate your heart quickly Long term: Pay for Coreg BRAND prescription. Well, It is very hard to afford this so what I do is take Coreg once every 3-4 days and this seems to keep the issue from occurring"
"I have had always had low BP and am very active. After Mitral Valve surgery, my ejection fraction (EF) was 29. I could still play tennis and lift weights even though the doctor was not sure how. He put me on Coreg to strengthen my EF, but it has no effect because lowering low BP and whatever else it supposed to do does not work. If I had high BP, maybe it would help, but it has only gone sideways or slightly down since I have been on Coreg for 6 months. I still play tennis, etc. The medicine should not be prescribed for people with Low BP in my opinion, but was told it is what is indicated for low EF."
Coreg (carvedilol) "Had a heart attack in June 2003-after 8 days in hospital doctor put me on Coreg and I am still alive and living well and feel good. I am on other drugs as well, however I believe in Coreg, the results have been great."
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