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How Long Does Carvedilol Stay In Your System

how long does carvedilol stay in your system

General Information

  • Carvedilol is a beta blocker indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate congestive heart failure and to reduce high blood pressure. It does not cure any of these conditions, but simply keeps them under control and is therefore prescribed long-term.
  • For carvedilol to be effective it has to be taken regularly, even if you do not notice an immediate effect. Blood pressure declines gradually and it may take a few weeks before you get the full benefit. Carvedilol can be used on its own, or in combination with certain other medication for high blood pressure.
  • The first couple of doses of this medication may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, which may cause dizziness or blackouts when you get up quickly. It is therefore advised that one should be resting when starting treatment and lie down for 2 hours afterwards.

How does carvedilol work?

Carvedilol reduces the stimulating effect of noradrenalin. As a result it lowers the force and speed at which the heart is beating. This assists in stabilising fast and abnormal heart rhythms, reduces chest pain and lowers blood pressure.

How long does it take for a medication to go away when i stop taking it?

  • Here is the trick that makes this a story worth telling. Medications disappear more quickly when their concentration is high, and then more slowly when there is less of it around for the body to metabolize and remove.
  • The result is a relatively smooth curve (of declining amounts in the blood) that falls steeply at first and very slowly at the very end (“exponential decay”, if you know that term). We measure the disappearance of a meditation from the bloodstream using a concept of “half-life”: the amount of time it takes for the amount of medication in your bloodstream to fall by one half. Hang on, this gets a little tricky.
  • It turns out that the rate of decrease is consistent, in a funny way. The amount of time it takes for the concentration (the amount of medication in a given amount of blood) to decrease by one half stays the same, even though the rate of decrease is fast at first and slow later, as shown in the graph below.

Pregnancy and Carvedilol

There are no adequate studies to determine how carvedilol might affect you if you are pregnant.

There is also no conclusive evidence as to whether it might harm your baby if you are taking it while breastfeeding.

Let your doctor know right way if you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Carvedilol Warnings

  • If you are prescribed carvedilol, you should never stop taking it without first speaking to your doctor.
  • If your physician decides to take you off carvedilol, he/she may gradually decrease your dose over one to two weeks.
  • If your dose is decreased, it's a good idea to limit your physical activity to reduce strain on your heart.
  • Seek medical attention right away if you develop chest pain, tightness, pressure, or chest pain that spreads to your jaw, neck, or arm.
  • Other signs of serious problems are unusual sweating, trouble breathing, or a fast or irregular heartbeat.

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