What should I know before taking ivabradine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Before you start this treatment, your doctor will need to check your heart rate and look for heart rhythm problems.

If you have a resting heart rate below 60 beats per minute, you should not take ivabradine.

If your blood pressure is below 90/50, you should not take ivabradine.

If your cardiac pacemaker is critical to maintaining your heart rate, you should not take ivabradine.

If you have third-degree AV block, severe liver impairment, or sick sinus syndrome, you should not take ivabradine.

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you should avoid ivabradine. The health of your baby may be at risk if you take ivabradine.

You should not take ivabradine if you are breastfeeding. 

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