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Ivabradine

Information

Uses

Ivabradine is used in the treatment of angina (chest pain) and heart failure

How it works

Ivabradine lowers the heart rate which, in turn, reduces the oxygen requirement of the heart. As a result, the heart works more efficiently.

Common side effects

Slow heart rate, Headache, Luminous phenomena (Enhanced brightness), Uncontrolled blood pressure

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Expert advice

  • Notify your doctor if there is a change in vision (such as brief increased brightness or colored bright lights). It usually starts within the first 2 months of taking the medicine. It may later go away during the treatment or after stopping the medication. 
  • Notify your doctor if you have any liver problem or heart disease such as sick sinus syndrome (sinus dysfunction), heart blockage and pacemaker use. 
  • Avoid driving if you feel dizzy or experience a change in the vision, after consuming Ivabradine. 
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or are planning to become pregnant during the administration of this medicine. 
  • Do not breast-feed while taking Ivabradine.

Frequently asked questions

Ivabradine

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 safe/lower blood pressure?
Ivabradine is safe at recommended doses and duration. Low blood pressure is an uncommon side effect of Ivabradine.


Content on this page was last updated on 21 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)