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Description

What is Corlanor (Ivabradine) prescribed for?

Heart Failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the meet the needs of your body. In some cases, the heart cannot fill with enough blood. In others, the heart can’t get enough blood out to the rest of the body with enough force. And unfortunately some have both of these issues.

Heart failure can be caused by coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiomyopathy, and high blood pressure. The treatment for heart failure includes doctor-prescribed exercise, dietary changes, medicines, and rarely surgery.

This medication is used as a treatment for heart failure. It is used normally by adults, and it keeps the heart failure from getting worse and from needing to be treated in a hospital. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart does not pump blood as well as it should.  Overall this medication works by making your heart beat at a slower pace.

This medication comes in two different doses, which are 5mg and 7.5mg. It is also known as Coralan on an international level. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Directions

Take this medication by mouth with food, usually taken twice daily. The dosage is based on you medical condition and response to the treatment. You doctor may also direct you to start this medication on a lower dosage and then gradually increase the dose as you go along. Keep in mind that other medications are normally used alongside Corlanor to treat heart failure. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking all of your medications. Take this medication regularly to gain the most benefit.

Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Cautions

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Ivabradine; or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication it is always best to go over your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have had the following; low blood pressure, liver problems, other heart problems (such as sick sinus syndrome, heart block, slow/irregular heartbeat, pacemaker use).

While on this medication, limit alcohol consumption, since this medicine may make you dizzy. Do not do anything hazardous until your vision improves.

Side Effects

Dizziness or tiredness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

Ivabradine may rarely cause vision changes such as brief increased brightness, or seeing halos or colored bright lights. Sudden changes in light brightness may set off this effect. If vision changes happen, they usually start within the first 2 months and may go away during treatment or after stopping this medication.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

FAQs

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.