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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: I was having trouble even functioning due to the spasms and chest pain I was experiencing. I experienced immediate relief when prescribed Ranexa. I can not describe the change I have experienced in quality of life. I had a heart attack five years ago at the age of 34 from a spasm that went out of control. I don't want that again! The spasms are much more controlled now, and I hardly ever have one that requires Nitro.
ranolazine for Angina: I had angina due to blocked artery, started on 2 per day for a week then doubled up. Started to feel dizziness, severe headaches, progressed to complete unbalance sensation. I also experienced constipation and joint stiffness. Now back to 2 pills 500mg per day for trial purposes.
Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: I've been taking it for three months. I haven't used a nitro in that time. The chest pain I experienced in breathing cold or humid air, or after climbing, or even after stress has dissipated to an unexpected and happy extent. However, the side effects are bothersome, though not insurmountable. Dry mouth, almost continuously, which sometimes affects ability to speak clearly. Constipation, overcome by hard bowel movements, use of stool softeners. And just a general feeling of stuffiness, in body, in sinuses, elsewhere. Hard to say whether I would recommend it. The annoyances at times are major; the feeling of freedom from the chest pain and fear greatly offset the annoyances so far. Incidentally, I am 77, with only one open artery.
Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: Ranexa has definitely helped with my angina, but I am pretty certain it has contributed to an appx 20 pound weight gain as well. I am not sure if getting off the medication would help me lose the weight, but I dont want the angina back either, so I am not sure what to say. Its very effective for the angina but it can have some unwanted side-effects.
Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: I started taking this medication last night, Feb 19 2012 , and I have experienced a lot of gas. I was up most of the night going to bathroom, and today I'm experiencing a strange sensation in my chest but its not pain. It almost feels like a tingle and I have a cough also. I also have anxiety and headaches.
ranolazine for Angina: This helped with breathing and pain from angina but the side effects to the digestive system greatly out wayed this. I experienced severe constipation, bloating and acid reflux when taking the 350 dose. This became so severe over a 2 week period that I had to stop taking the medication.
Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: Ranexa stopped the angina and I felt much better but the side effects were awful. Severe confusion, memory loss, vomiting, increased urination (so much so I was up every hour or so at night).
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: My doctor started me on two doses daily (am and pm) in August, 2011. The second day on it, I was on a camping trip and developed an itchy rash on my lower arms and hands, and my lower legs. I didn't connect it to the Ranexa so I went to my regular doctor and my dermatologist. The dermatologist told me to stop taking the Ranexa and wait for my my cardiologist to come back in town. As it turned out I was having a "sun sensitivity" to the medicine. He cut my dosage to once at night and I have not had any more problems with a rash. However, a month or so after I started taking the medicine, I started having "shaking episodes". I did tell my cardiologist the last time I saw him. It is mainly my hands shaking.
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: Great medicine. I was taking 2 or 3 nitros daily. Took first Ranexa and pain just started going away. Now I take 1 or 2 nitros a week. I have 4 blockages at 100 % and 1 at 60% and I hardly have any angina. I learned my limits on what I can do. But I still can drive and work a little in our yard. Ranexa is a miracle.
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: I am 89 rears old. 1986- quadruple open heart surgery; three bare stents inserted 8 years later; using an ARB, a beta blocker, have been on warfarin for ten years since my stroke in 2001, plus Imdur 60 mgm twice a day. I still experienced angina, after walking, after sitting too long. Started Ranexa one month ago-results are amazing- NO ANGINA! 500 mgm twice a day. Thank you, Gilead Science for developing this amazing medicine.
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: Prior to my diagnosis of heart disease I suffered daily with what I thought was heartburn and indigestion. I ate Tums like candy. Sometimes it would get so bad I would chug a couple of diet sodas just so I could burp, which seemed to help. Then I had a stress test which led to having a heart cath done. I have a 100% blockage in my RCA and two other smaller blockages. Once I started Ranexa all of what I used to believe was heartburn/indigestion stopped. It is amazing.
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: I didn't realize how much my Prinze Metal angina was affecting my sleep until I started Ranexa. Within two nights I was sleeping ten hours/night without interruption and awakening refreshed. The first time in over fifteen years. What an incredible experience, night after night, to have no shortness of breath and to be free of chest tightness. Amazing. I'd forgotten the freedom
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: Suffering for 4 years with chest pain and trying to avoid open heart surgery. My cardiologist prescribed ranexa. Within a few days I was feeling great. It's a god-send. Bless the researchers who developed ranexa.
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Ranexa (ranolazine) for Angina: I have used Ranexa for two years a prescribed my my Cardoligist . It has given me an almost pain free life from angina. I can walk several miles now whereas before I would get angina in a few blocks.
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