Ivabradine - Drug InformationGeneric Name : Ivabradine
International :Coralan, Corlentor, Procoralan, Coraxan
Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a cardiotonic agent, prescribed for angina pectoris. It helps to lower the heart rate
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):Contraindicated in patients with severe heart disease, and hypersensitivity. It should not be administered along with calcium channel blockers.
Pregnancy Category :
Category D :There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult: PO- Initial: The recommended dose is 5 mg twice daily. Increase if necessary to 7.5 mg twice daily after 3-4 weeks. It may be reduced upto 2.5-5 mg twice daily if needed.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.
Warnings and Precautions :Caution should be exercised in patients with abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, stroke, who are taking other medications, liver impairment, runny nose, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Patient may develop with increased risk of fluctuating eye pressure; if it is so stop the medication immediately.
Monitor regularly for atrial flutter occurrence while taking this medication.
It may cause blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
Heart - Slow heart rate, palpitations, heart block, abnormal heart rhythm, difficulty in breathing and fainting.
Central Nervous System - Headache, and dizziness.
Eye - Blurred vision.
Gastrointestinal - Nausea, vomiting and constipation.
Blood - Eosinophilia.
Musculoskeletal - Muscle cramps and muscle weakness.