Ranolazine Mechanism

Ranolazine (Ranexa®) is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of chronic angina (chest pain). It is approved for use in adults only and is not meant to be used to treat an angina attack that has already started; ranolazine is designed to be taken on a daily basis to prevent angina attacks from occurring. Unlike other angina medications, ranolazine does not affect the heart rate or blood pressure.
 
The specific mechanism for how ranolazine works is unclear. However, it is known that the drug inhibits certain sodium currents in the heart, which is probably responsible for the effects of ranolazine.
 
(To learn more, click Ranolazine. This article covers several topics, such as potential side effects, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions to discuss with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.)
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