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Ivabradine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Ivabradine is used to treat chest pain and heart failure (weakness and inability of the heart to pump blood).

Ivabradine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Ivabradine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be taken with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- severe liver disease
- very low blood pressure (blood pressure less than 90/50 mmHg)
- heart rate maintained exclusively by pacemaker
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Ivabradine with medicines used to treat fungal infection (e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole), medicines used to treat HIV infection (e.g.nelfinavir, ritonavir), antibiotics (e.g.clarithromycin, erythromycin), medicines for high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm (e.g. verapamil, diltiazem) and medicines used to treat depression (e.g. nefazodone). Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- eye disease e.g. retinitis pigmentosa (inherited disease causing slow loss of vision)
- mild to moderate case of low blood pressure
- high blood pressure
- other heart problems e.g. congenital QT syndrome (an inherited disease causing fast heartbeats)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are taking Ivabradine, regular monitoring of the heart rate must be done to check your body's response to the medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Ivabradine may cause dizziness and blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle cramps, irregular and often fast heart beat, irregular and slow heart beat, visual disturbances e.g. seeing geometric patterns, random spots of color, bright lights with eyes closed.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take this medicine with the following medicines:

- medicines for fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- medicines for bacterial infection e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin
- medicines for viral infection such as HIV e.g. nelfinavir, ritonavir
- medicines for depression e.g. nefazodone
- medicines for irregular heartbeat e.g. diltiazem, verapamil

Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these;

- medicines for TB e.g. rifampicin
- medicines for epilepsy (seizures or fits) e.g. phenytoin
- St. John's Wort (herbal medicine)
- medicines used for high blood pressure and heart disease e.g. digoxin, amiodarone

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ivabradine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Ivabradine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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