Corlanor (Ivabradine) from Maple Leaf Medications.
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Corlanor is a medication that is used to lower heart rate for people who suffer from chronic or congestive heart failure. It is a hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel blocker that ensures your already weakened heart doesn’t have to pump as hard to distribute oxygen-rich blood to the body.
The medication is particularly useful for people who suffer from persistent heart failure that is caused by a weak lower left ventricle and who meet the following criteria:
- they have a normal heart rate of 70 bpm.
- have stable heart failure symptoms.
- are taking beta blockers at a high dose or not taking them because of a medical condition.
What It’s like to Live with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)
Congestive or chronic heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that compromises the pumping potential of the muscles of the heart. Also known as ‘heart failure’ the condition refers to the stage when fluid builds up in the heart which makes it pump erratically.
Here is what happens. Our heart is made of four chambers – the two upper ones are atria and the lower ones are ventricles. The ventricles work to pump oxygen-rich blood into our organs and tissues and the atria receive deoxygenated blood from the body as it circulates back in.
CHF sets in when the ventricles fail to pump a sufficient amount of blood to the body which causes blood and other fluids to flood into the lungs, the abdomen, the liver, and the lower body. The most common heart failure is the left-sided variety since that part of the heart has to work harder to pump large volumes of blood around the body. If left untreated this may cause breathing problems as fluid builds up in the lungs thus the name.
How to use Corlanor
Before taking Corlanor, make sure your doctor knows if you have any pre-existing heart conditions such as rhythm issues, a slow heart rate or conduction problems. Also, notify your physician if you are breastfeeding or are about to give birth. It is not known if the medication can pass into breast milk or not but your doctor will be able to tell you if you can take the medication or not.
Additionally, tell your doctor of any medication you are taking before you are prescribed Corlanor. This includes herbal supplements, OTC medication or vitamins. The medication may otherwise interact with these which can compromise its effects.
What is the half-life of Corlanor?
The medication has a half-life of 2 hours and an effective half-life of over 6 hours.
Who shouldn’t take Corlanor?
Anyone who has a slow or irregular heartbeat, a pacemaker, other heart conditions, liver disease, allergies or low blood pressure should not be on the medication unless a doctor deems otherwise. Your doctor may also need to change your treatment plan if you are on antibiotics, antidepressants, and medication that is used to regulate blood pressure. Do not stop taking your medication unless told to do so by your physician.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Corlanor (Ivabradine). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Corlanor (Ivabradine).