Axert and Heart Problems
Recommendations for Axert and Heart ProblemsPeople with certain heart problems should not take Axert. This includes people with:
- Coronary heart disease (more commonly referred to as just heart disease)
- Stable angina
- Unstable angina
- Variant angina (also known as Prinzmetal's angina).
People with a history of a heart attack also should not take Axert.
Axert should be used with caution in people who have possible risk factors for heart disease. In fact, you should be evaluated for heart disease before taking Axert if you have heart disease risk factors such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- A family history of heart disease
- Being a man over the age of 40
- Being a postmenopausal woman.
If you have any of the above risk factors for heart disease, it is also strongly recommended that you take your first dose of Axert in your healthcare provider's office (so that he or she can monitor your heart).
Finally, you should call your healthcare provider or 911 right away if you have any possible heart attack symptoms (such as chest pain, chest tightness, or shortness of breath) while taking Axert.