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What Is Ranexa?

If you have been diagnosed with chronic angina (chest pain), your healthcare provider may recommend treatment with Ranexa® (ranolazine). But what is Ranexa and how can it help?
 
Ranexa is unlike other angina medications, in that it does not affect the heart rate or blood pressure. Although it is not exactly clear how this medication works, it is thought to inhibit certain sodium currents in the heart.
 
It comes as an extended-release tablet that is taken twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses. Ranexa is not designed to help treat angina attacks that have already started; it is approved to be taken on a daily basis to help prevent angina attacks from occurring.
 
Although most people tolerate this medication well, some people may develop side effects. Common reactions to this medication include headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
 
(To learn more, click Ranexa. This resource contains a comprehensive overview on this medication, including dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and more.)
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