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Ranolazine is used to prevent heart attack.

How it works

Ranolazine decreases the oxygen requirement of the heart by shifting its metabolism from fats to glucose. As a result, heart works more efficiently.

Common side effects

Nausea, Constipation, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Fainting, Headache, Tachycardia, Heart rate irregular


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Expert advice

  • The Ranolazine may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, get up slowly after sitting or lying down. 
  • Avoid driving if you feel dizzy after consuming Ranolazine. 
  • 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 Ranolazine.

Frequently asked questions


Q.Is ranolazine generic?
Ranolazine is a generic drug and it is available in different brand names (Ranolaz, Ranexa)

Q.Is ranolazine a blood thinner?
Ranolazine belongs to class of medication called antianginals. It is not a blood thinner

Q.Does ranolazine decrease mortality?
Ranolazine is used for treatment of angina (chest pain) and it reduces the risk of mortality.

Content on this page was last updated on 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)