Ivabradine is used in some cases of heart failure .
What is Ivabradine?
Ivabradine works by helping your heart rate to be more regular.
How is Ivabradine taken?
Ivabradine is taken orally in the form of tablets.
Side effects of Ivabradine
It is important to contact a doctor immediately if taking Ivabradine is associated with:
- breathing difficulties
- feeling of tightness or chest pain
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- dizziness or fainting
- irregular heart beat
- severe or persistent headache
- shortness of breath
- slow heart beat
- tiredness or weakness
- changes in vision
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Ivabradine
L ‘ Ivabradine is contraindicated in case of low blood pressure, severe liver problems, slowed heartbeat and if the heart failure is severe or worsens. It may also not be indicated for some types of heart beat irregularities that are not controlled by a pacemaker or if the pacemaker is sufficient to control the heart beat.
The drug should not be taken together with azole antifungals, barbiturates, Diltiazem, macrolides, Nefazodone, Phenytoin, Protease inhibitors, Rifampicin, Hypericum, Telithromycin or Verapamil. In addition, during the treatment it is good not to eat grapefruit or drink its juice .
Before taking ivabradine it is important to tell your doctor:
- of any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or any other drug, to foods or other substances;
- of the medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, citing in particular Amiodarone, beta blockers, Digoxin, Diltiazem, Verapamil, azole anifungins, macrolides, Nefazodone, Protease inhibitors, barbiturates, Phenytoin, Rifampicin or Hypericum;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from heart problems ;
- if you have a defibrillator or a pacemaker ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding ;
During treatment women of childbearing potential must use appropriate contraceptive methods.It is important to inform doctors, surgeons and dentists about taking Ivabradine.