SALT INFORMATIONIvabradine(5 mg)
Ivabradine is a used to treat symptomatic stable angina pectoris (chest pain), chronic heart failure. It can be used in combination with standard therapy, including beta-blocker therapy or when beta-blockers are contraindicated or not tolerated.
How it works
Ivabradine mainly works by reducing the heart rate by a few beats per minute which lowers the heart's need for oxygen especially in the situations when an angina attack is more likely to happen. In this way, it helps to control and reduce the number of angina attacks and further helps to improve the heart functioning and vital prognosis in affected patients.
Common side effects
Blurred vision, Diarrhoea, Headache, Bradycardia, Constipation, Dizziness, Vision impairment
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Ivabradine should be taken during meals.
Do not take ivabradine:
- if you are allergic to ivabradine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
- if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
- if you are breast-feeding.
Check with your doctor before taking ivabradine:
- if you have symptoms such as tiredness, dizziness or shortness of breath (this could mean that your heart is slowing down too much).
- if you suffer from symptoms of atrial fibrillation (pulse rate at rest unusually high (over 110 beats per minute) or irregular, without any apparent reason, making it difficult to measure).
- if you have had a recent stroke (cerebral attack).
- if you suffer from uncontrolled blood pressure, especially after a change in your antihypertensive treatment.
- if you suffer from chronic eye retinal disease.
Ivabradine is not intended for use in children and adolescents younger than 18 years.
Avoid grapefruit juice during treatment with ivabradine.
Ivabradine may cause temporary luminous visual phenomena (a temporary brightness in the field of vision). Be careful when driving or using machines at times when there could be sudden changes in light intensity, especially when driving at night.
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is ivabradine/ what is ivabradine used for/ Is ivabradine a beta blocker/a calcium channel blocker/?
Ivabradine is a heart medicine used in adult patients to treat symptomatic stable angina pectoris (chest pain) and chronic heart failure. It is not a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker.
Q. How does ivabradine work in heart failure/how does ivabradine work/reduce angina?
Ivabradine mainly works by reducing the heart rate by a few beats per minute which lowers the heart's need for oxygen especially in the situations when an angina attack is more likely to happen and by this it helps to control and reduce the number of angina attacks.
Q. Is ivabradine FDA approved/ available in Canada/ in the US?
It is not yet approved by FDA. Ivabradine is not available in Canada or in the US.
Q. Is ivabradine safe/lower blood pressure?
Ivabradine is safe at recommended doses and duration. Low blood pressure is an uncommon side effect of Ivabradine.