Relpax and Heart Problems
Recommendations Concerning Relpax and Heart ProblemsPeople who have certain heart problems should not take Relpax. 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).
Also, people who have a history of a heart attack, stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke") should not take Relpax.
Healthcare providers will likely wish to use particular caution when prescribing Relpax for people who have possible risk factors for heart disease. In fact, you should be evaluated for heart disease before taking Relpax if you smoke or have heart disease risk factors such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- A family history of heart disease.
Also, men over the age of 40 and postmenopausal women should be evaluated for heart disease before taking Relpax.
If you have any of the above risk factors for heart disease, it is also strongly recommended that you take your first dose of Relpax in your healthcare provider's office (in order to monitor your heart).
Finally, call your healthcare provider or 911 right away if you experience any possible heart attack symptoms while taking Relpax (such as chest pain, chest tightness, or shortness of breath).