The name of your medicine is Carvedilol Sandoz. It contains the active ingredient carvedilol.
Carvedilol Sandoz is used to treat heart failure.
Your doctor may have prescribed Carvedilol Sandoz for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine was prescribed for you.
Carvedilol Sandoz belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers.
It works by slowing down the heart rate and relaxing blood vessels if they are too tight. Additionally, it works as an antioxidant.
There is no evidence that Carvedilol Sandoz is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not take this medicine if:
Do not give Carvedilol Sandoz to people under 18 years of age.
Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to:
If you have been told by your doctor that you have intolerance to some sugars, tell your doctor before taking it.
Tell your doctor if you plan on becoming pregnant or will be breastfeeding while you are using Carvedilol Sandoz.
It passes into the breastmilk. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Carvedilol Sandoz while being pregnant or breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Carvedilol Sandoz.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicine, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
In particular, tell your doctor if you take any of the following:
These medicines may be affected by Carvedilol Sandoz or may affect how well it works.
You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor or pharmacist have more information on medicines to avoid or be careful with while taking Carvedilol Sandoz.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully.
They might differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
The usual starting dose in heart failure is 3.125mg twice daily. The dose is usually increased every two weeks to 6.25mg twice daily, 12.5mg twice daily and then 25mg twice daily. If side effects occur, this might be done more slowly. If your heart rate is slowed down too much, you might go back down to the next lower dose.
Your doctor will monitor you carefully at each dose increase.
The tablets should be swallowed whole or halved with a glass of water.
Do not crush or chew the tablets.
If you need to break Carvedilol Sandoz, hold tablet with both hands and snap along break line.
Carvedilol Sandoz tablets should be taken with food at about the same time each day. This will minimize the risk of some side effects.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
It is very important that Carvedilol Sandoz is not stopped suddenly. If you are to stop taking Carvedilol Sandoz your doctor will advise you to reduce the dose slowly over approximately two weeks.
Take your dose as soon as you remember, and continue to take it as you would normally.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else has taken too much Carvedilol Sandoz. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose with Carvedilol Sandoz might include:
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Carvedilol Sandoz affects you.
It may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people, especially after the first dose or after your dose has been increased.
If you wear contact lenses you may experience that the amount of tear fluid in your eyes is reduced.
The amount of Carvedilol Sandoz absorbed by your body may be increased when taken with grapefruit juice.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking Carvedilol Sandoz.
All medicines can have unwanted effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These are the more common side effects of Carvedilol Sandoz. Mostly, these are mild and short-lived.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. All of these side effects are very rare.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything on this list.
Keep Carvedilol Sandoz in the original packaging until you need to take it.
Store below 25°C in a dry place, out of the reach of children.
Keep you medicine where it is protected from light and moisture. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half meters above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Do not store Carvedilol Sandoz or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Return any unused or out of date medicine to your pharmacist.
Carvedilol Sandoz 6.25mg tablets: a yellow, round, convex, scored tablet, coded C2 on one side.
Carvedilol Sandoz 12.5mg tablets: a red-brown, round, convex, scored tablet, coded C3 on one side.
Carvedilol Sandoz 25mg tablets: a white to almost white, round, convex, scored tablet, coded C4 on one side.
Carvedilol Sandoz is available in 60 tablet blister packs.
Each Carvedilol Sandoz 6.25mg tablet contains 6.25mg carvedilol.
Each Carvedilol Sandoz 12.5mg tablet contains 12.5mg carvedilol.
Each Carvedilol Sandoz 25mg tablet contains 25mg carvedilol.
Each Carvedilol Sandoz tablet also contains lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, povidone K 30, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, iron oxide yellow (6.25 and 12.5mg) and iron oxide red (12.5mg).