Ivapace is a heart medicine. It belongs to a class of medicine known as hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel blockers. It works by slowing the heart rate. This helps the heart to pump more blood through the body each time it beats.
Q. Does Ivapace affect vision?
Ivapace may cause temporary brightness in the field of vision (luminous visual phenomena). This usually disappears with continuous use of Ivapace. If this happens to you, be careful when driving or using machines at times when there could be sudden changes in light intensity, especially when driving at night.
Q. What are the symptoms of overdosage of Ivapace?
The symptoms of overdosage of Ivapace include slow heartbeat, dizziness, excessive tiredness and lack of energy. If you have taken higher than the recommended dose or experience any of these, consult your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical attention.
Q. What is the most important information that I should know about Ivapace?
You should remember that Ivapace may cause serious side effects in adults and children. Its use in pregnant women can harm the unborn baby. Some of the other serious side effects may include increased risk of irregular or rapid heartbeat (atrial fibrillation or heart rhythm problems) and slower than normal heart rate (bradycardia).
Q. Does Ivapace lower blood pressure?
No, Ivapace commonly causes an increase in blood pressure as a side effect. This change is temporary and does not affect the treatment with Ivapace. However, it should not be given to patients with severely low blood pressure (blood pressure < 90/50 mmHg).
Q. Is Ivapace a beta-blocker?
No, Ivapace is not a beta-blocker. It lowers the heart rate by selectively blocking the channel (f-channel) present in heart pacemaker cells responsible for the increase in the heart rate.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.