This medication is used to prevent and treat the symptoms of chest pain (angina). It is usually used for patients who are still experiencing symptoms of chest pain or cannot tolerate other anti-angina medications such as beta-blockers and/or calcium channel blockers.
When you take this medication regularly on a long term basis, it may help to reduce the number of times you experience chest pain.
Ranolazine may slow down your heartbeats, or cause new irregular heartbeats. Symptoms of abnormal heart rhythm include one or more of the following:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Avoid taking grapefruit or its juice when you are taking this medication as grapefruit may interact with your medication and increase the risk of side-effects.
Some medications may interact with ranolazine and affect their effectiveness or increase the risk of side-effects. However, these medications may also be important for your treatment. Inform your healthcare professional of the other medications you are currently taking. Examples include:
Consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure whether your existing medications can be taken together with this medication.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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