Originally Posted by Mastiff4mee
I was just recently prescribed Coreg CR 10mg for HBP and rapid heart rate.
The regular Coreg (Carvedilol) can be prescribed for once-per-day dosing, and is a lot cheaper than the new, non-generic stuff. I wonder why doctors prescribe the much more expensive Coreg CR when the old, generic Carvedilol could do just as good?!
After a week on the meds my heart rate was still at 114 at resting on occasion and my blood pressure even seems to have gone up. The doc told me to increase to 20mg and it is doing nothing. Does this medicine take a while to kick in? Been 4 days on this 20 mg dosing.
When I first started taking Coreg, March 8, 2008, it increased my Blood Pressure, so I decided not to take Coreg, and stopped taking it for two weeks and my blood pressure, almost immediately, went back to normal. Then, I reconsidered, and started taking it again, at double the dose. Once again the Coreg increased my blood pressure. It took 10 days before Coreg
changed from increasing my blood pressure to lowering my blood pressure back to near where it was before I started taking it. For the first 10 days, my average blood pressure was 129/73
based on 59 readings
. For the next 3 days, 124/73
based on 29 readings
. I also felt better than I did before I started taking Coreg, including a significant improvement in my energy levels.
From what I've read, it takes 7-14 days to achieve maximum Coreg plasma levels, so it's reasonable that I would benefit from the Coreg after 10 days.
The Coreg also slowed my heart rate, but I don't keep track of my heart rate or rhythm, so I have no specifics. My heart rate and rhythm are normally erratic, but as long as my heart doesn't beat fast, or too noticeable, or pounding, or stressed out, I ignore it. It's significantly better than it used to be, and my heart disease has improved significantly, so my heart rate/rhythm is no longer a problem, and an erratic heart beat and rhythm is just a way of life for someone like me with Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation.