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Can additional dosage of Carvedilol be taken to bring down BP levels?

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Dr. Rishu Saxena


Practicing since :2012

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Posted on Thu, 24 May 2018 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: Can my 83 year old sister take additional caarvedilol to bring her blood pressure down until we get home as we are out of town?

She is just tired . we are at 7000 altitude and she lives at a 1000.
Answered by Dr. Rishu Saxena 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
yes she can take a extra dose.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for query,
Yes she can take an additional dose of carvedilol but her systolic blood pressure should not be less then 100 mm of hg.

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Follow up: Dr. Rishu Saxena 14 hours later
Her blood pressure is spiking off and on. She is on one half of a 6.25 mg. carvedilol twice a day. This is not keeping her blood pressure down. She did take extra half a pill last night. This morning she took the half again and finally a 6.25 dose. Her pressure went down to normal.

Would it be appropriate for her to take a 6.25 mg tablet twice a day until she gets home to her doctor. She is very careful and monitors her pressure often. I get the systolic has to stay above 100. This has not been an issue at this time.
Answered by Dr. Rishu Saxena 14 hours later
Brief Answer:
follow up.

Detailed Answer:
Yes she can take double doses.Carvedilol is a cardioprotective anti hypertensive whose optimal dose is 25 mg.
6.25mg twice daily is a low dose to cause gross hypotension.
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