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Ranexa is used to treat adults with chronic chest pain (angina). Ranexa can cause a serious heart beat problem called QT prolongation. Because of this problem, Ranexa should only be used after other angina medicines have not relieved chest pain symptoms. Ranexa should be used with amlodipine (Norvasc), beta blocker medicines, or nitrate medicines. Ranexa does not relieve sudden chest pain.
Chronic chest pain (angina) is caused by not enough blood flow to the heart. Ranexa has not been studied in children.
Side Effects of Ranexa
The following are the major possible risks and side effects of Ranexa therapy:
- QT prolongation. Ranexa may cause this serious heart beat problem which can lead to sudden death.
- dizziness and lightheadedness. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how Ranexa affects you. Call your healthcare professional if you have heart beat problems (palpitations) or fainting spells.
- Some common side effects with Ranexa include:
Who Should Not Take Ranexa
Do not take Ranexa if you:
- have a heart problem called QT prolongation
- have or had liver problems
- are taking other medicines that also cause QT prolongation. Some of these medicines are:
- antiarrhythmic medicines including quinidine, dofetilide (Tikosyn), sotalol (Betapace)
- certain antipsychotic medicines including thioridazine (Mellaril), ziprasidone (Geodon)
- are taking medicines or foods that can interact with Ranexa. Some of these include:
- ketoconazole (Nizoral) and certain other antifungal medicines
- diltiazem (Cardiazem, Dilacor, Tiazac)
- verapamil (Calan, Verelan, Covera HS)
- macrolide antibiotics
- HIV protease inhibitors
- grapefruit juice or grapefruit containing products
Interactions with Ranexa
See “Who should not take Ranexa?” for more information. Other medicines not listed in that section can also interact with Ranexa including:
- digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps)
- simvastatin (Zocor)
- ritonavir (Norvir)
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Restasis, Sandimmune)
- antidepressant medicines
- antipsychotic medicines
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.
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