Info on Carvedilol CR Effects and Treatment Instructions

How Does the Drug Work?

Carvedilol CR is part of a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, or beta blockers for short. As the name implies, these drugs block beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places, including the heart and blood vessels. These receptors are what stress hormones (such as adrenaline) attach to and cause certain reactions in the body, such as an increase in:
 
By blocking beta receptors, it causes the reverse effect of stress hormones. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as the workload on the heart. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly. The medication also increases the efficiency of the heart, allowing more blood to be pumped out to the rest of the body.
 
Unlike a lot of other beta blockers, carvedilol CR also blocks alpha receptors. The alpha blocker component of the drug works more on the peripheral blood vessels (arteries in the arms and legs). By blocking the alpha receptors, it relaxes these blood vessels.
 

When and How to Take Carvedilol CR

General considerations include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
     
  • You should take carvedilol CR with food.
     
  • Swallow the capsules whole; do not chew or crush the capsules.
     
  • If absolutely necessary, the capsules may be opened and the contents sprinkled on a spoonful of applesauce. The applesauce should not be warm and should be eaten immediately without chewing.
     
  • Be sure to take this medication at the same time each day, to keep an even level of the medication in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
     
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