Coreg is a drug prescribed for high blood pressure and heart attack.
Belonging to a group of medicines known as beta-blockers, Coreg drug is only part of a complete treatment program for high blood pressure, which also includes diet, exercise and weight control.
Once the doctor has prescribed Coreg, you should not deviate from the doctor’s directions. Take care that you do not take larger doses of the medicine or less or take the drug for longer periods unless your physician has asked for it.
You should also not stop the drug suddenly as it can only worsen your conditions. Always talk to your doctor before stopping the drug. Bear in mind to take the right dosage at the right time every day. The drug has to be swallowed only and not broken, crushed or chewed. As Coreg is an extended release, the drug has to enter the body only slowly. In case you find it hard to swallow the drug, the granules can be mixed in a spoonful of applesauce and taken. But only swallow the mixture and do not chew the granules. The mixture should also be not kept for further use.
It is better not to miss any dosage. In case you have forgotten to take a dose, you can take it before the next scheduled time. But care should be taken that the missed dose is not taken at your next dosage time. Never compensate for a missed dose with additional drugs. Well, in case you suspect an overdose, you have to seek immediate help. Uneven heartbeats, bluish-colored fingernails, shortness of breath, dizziness and seizure are some of the overdose symptoms.
Once you know that your doctor is going to prescribe Coreg, it is better to inform him beforehand about all your medical conditions. Inform your physician if you have diabetes, low blood sugar, congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, depression, myasthenia gravis, thyroid disorder, pheochromocytoma, kidney disease and circulation problems. If you have any of the above mentioned health conditions, your doctor may go for some special monitoring and go for dosage adjustments.
Coreg is rated FDA pregnancy category C, which means that it is not known if the drug causes harm to the unborn babe. Pregnant women and also those who want to have children should have to take the drug only after talking to their doctor. You should also inform your doctor if you become pregnant while taking the medicine.
Though it has been not known if the drug passes into breast milk, women who feed the newborn should only do that after talking with their doctor.
While you are on Coreg medication, your doctor may recommend regular checkups to monitor your blood pressure and other health conditions. Therefore you should never miss your appointments and lab tests. If you need a surgery, you should have to tell the surgeon that you are on Coreg medication. Sometimes, he may stop the drug for a few days.
As like other medicines, Coreg also comes with many side effects and you have to contact the doctor if you feel any kind of uneasiness.