Procoralan is commonly known as ivabradine. It works by slowing down the heart beat.
This drug is used by patients with some heart problems or chronic heart failure, to prevent the worsening of the condition. Heart failure is a medical condition where your heart fails to pump the blood efficiently. This medicine should not be used if you have a slow heartbeat below 60 beats/minute and low blood pressure or of your symptoms of heart failure has worsened.
How To Use
Take this medicine orally with meal as instructed by the doctor, generally two times in a day. To decrease the chances of side effects, the doctor may prescribe this medicine at a lower dose and eventually increase your dosage. Other drugs are usually used along with procoralan to treat heart failure. This medicine should be used regularly to get the maximum benefit from it. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit juice during the intake of this drug. Grapefruit may elevate the risk of side effects of this drug.
Tiredness or dizziness may occur. Procoralan may sometimes cause vision disturbances like increased brightness or seeing colored lights or halos. Sudden variation in light brightness may reduce this effect. If vision disturbances happen, they generally begin within the initial 2 months and may disappear during the therapy or after discontinuing the medicine. Inform your druggist or doctor if you observe any serious side effects like: fainting, irregular/fast/slow heartbeat. A very serious allergy to this drug is rare. Anyhow, get immediate medical aid if you experience any of the subsequent symptoms: severe dizziness, itching, skin rashes, swollen lips/face/throat/tongue and trouble breathing.
Before taking this drug, tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to procoralan or any inactive ingredient found in it. Before the intake of this medicine, tell your druggist or doctor your medical history, mainly of: liver problems, kidney problems and other heart disorders (pacemaker use, heart block, sick sinus syndrome). This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive or use machines or do any such activity which requires clear vision or alertness. Be extra careful while driving during night because sudden variation in light brightness can occur, which may set off vision disturbances. Do not consume alcoholic drinks while using this medicine. Before undergoing surgery, let your doctor or dentist know about all the products you are using such as herbal preparations, prescribed drugs, dietary supplements and non-prescribed medicines.
Pregnancy And Procoralan
This medicine is not recommended for use during the gestation period. It may cause damage and harmful effects to the unborn baby. Discuss the trustable forms of birth control like birth control pills or condoms with your pharmacist or doctor. Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant. It is uncertain whether this drug can pass into the breast milk. But due to the potential risk to the nursing infant, breastfeeding during the intake of this medicine should be avoided. Talk about the risks and benefits with your doctor.
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