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Trade namesRanexa
  • (RS)-N-(2,6-Dimethylphenyl)-2-[4-[2-hydroxy-3-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-propyl]piperazin-1-yl]acetamide
Clinical data
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
By mouth (tablets)
Defined daily dose1.5 gram[1]
External links
License data
Legal status
Bioavailability35 to 50%
Protein binding~62%
MetabolismExtensive in liver (CYP3A, CYP2D6) and intestine
Elimination half-life7 hours
ExcretionKidney (75%) and fecal (25%)
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass427.545 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
ChiralityRacemic mixture
  • O=C(Nc1c(cccc1C)C)CN3CCN(CC(O)COc2ccccc2OC)CC3
  • InChI=1S/C24H33N3O4/c1-18-7-6-8-19(2)24(18)25-23(29)16-27-13-11-26(12-14-27)15-20(28)17-31-22-10-5-4-9-21(22)30-3/h4-10,20,28H,11-17H2,1-3H3,(H,25,29) checkY

Ranolazine, sold under the brand name Ranexa among others, is a medication used to treat heart related chest pain.[2] Typically it is used together with other medications when those are insufficient.[2][3] Benefits appear smaller in women than men.[2] It is taken by mouth.[2]

Common side effects include constipation, headache, nausea, and dizziness.[2] Serious side effects may include QT prolongation.[2] Use is not recommended in those with liver cirrhosis.[2] How it works is not clear but may involve adenosine triphosphate.[2]

Ranolazine was approved for medical use in the United States in 2006.[2] A month's supply in the United Kingdom costs the NHS about £50 as of 2020.[3] In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about $343.[4] In 2017, it was the 273rd most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, with more than one million prescriptions.[5][6]

Medical uses

Ranolazine is used to treat chronic angina.[7] It may be used concomitantly with β blockers, nitrates, calcium channel blockers, antiplatelet therapy, lipid-lowering therapy, ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers.[8]

Since 2012 its use is not recommended in Scotland.[3]


The defined daily dose is 1.5 grams by mouth.[1]

Side effects

The most common side effects are dizziness (11.5%) and constipation (10.9%).[7] Other side effects include headache and nausea.[9]


Some contraindications for ranolazine are related to its metabolism and are described under Drug Interactions. Additionally, in clinical trials ranolazine slightly increased QT interval in some patients[9] and the FDA label contains a warning for doctors to beware of this effect in their patients.[8] The drug's effect on the QT interval is increased in the setting of liver dysfunction; thus it is contraindicated in persons with mild to severe liver disease.[10]


Ranolazine is metabolized mainly by the CYP3A enzyme. It also inhibits another metabolizing enzyme, cytochrome CYP2D6.[8] For this reason, the doses of ranolazine and drugs that interact with those enzymes need to be adjusted when they are used by the same patient.

Ranolazine should not be used with drugs such as ketoconazole, clarithromycin, and nelfinavir that strongly inhibit CYP3A, nor with drugs that activate CYP3A, such as rifampin and phenobarbital.[8]

For drugs that are moderate CYP3A inhibitors, such as diltiazem, verapamil, and erythromycin, the dose of ranolazine should be reduced.[8]

Drugs that are metabolized by CYP2D6, such as tricyclic antidepressants, may need to be given at reduced doses when administered with ranolazine.[8]

Mechanism of action

Ranolazine inhibits persistent or late inward sodium current (INa) in heart muscle[11] in a variety of voltage-gated sodium channels.[12] Inhibiting that current leads to reductions in intracellular calcium levels. This in turn leads to reduced tension in the heart wall, leading to reduced oxygen requirements for the muscle.[9] The QT prolongation effect of ranolazine on the surface electrocardiogram is the result of inhibition of IKr, which prolongs the ventricular action potential.[8] Ranolazine also exhibits its effects on the delayed rectifier current (hERG/IKr potassium channels), it readily stimulates myogenesis, it reduces a pro-oxidant inflammation/oxidative condition, and activates the calcium signaling pathway.[13]

Ranolazine prolongs the action potential duration, with corresponding QT interval prolongation on electrocardiography, blocks the INa current, and prevents calcium overload caused by the hyperactive INa current, thus it stabilizes the membrane and reducing excitability.[14]


Syntex Inc. originally began developing ranolazine in 1985 and 61 studies were completed from then until 1994. Afterwards, Phase 2 studies were done however it was found that the formulation did not result in adequate plasma concentrations of drug. It is due to this that the sustained-release (SR) formulation of ranolazine was created.[15]

Roche acquired Syntex in 1994[15] In 1996, CV Therapeutics licensed the North American and European rights to ranolazine from Syntex, a subsidiary of Roche, which had discovered the drug and had developed it through Phase II trials in angina.[16] In 2006, CV Therapeutics acquired the remaining worldwide rights to ranolazine from Roche.[17] In 2008 CV Therapeutics exclusively licensed rights for ranolazine in Europe and some other countries to Menarini.[18] In 2009, Gilead acquired CV Therapeutics.[19] In 2013 Gilead expanded the partnership with Menarini to include additional countries, including those in Asia.[20]

Society and culture


A month's supply in the United Kingdom costs the NHS about £50 as of 2020.[3] In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about $343.[4] In 2017, it was the 273rd most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, with more than one million prescriptions.[5][6]

Legal status

Ranolazine was approved by the FDA in January 2006, for the treatment of patients with chronic angina as a second-line treatment in addition to other drugs.[9] In 2007 the label was updated to make ranolazine a first-line treatment, alone or with other drugs.[9] In April 2008 ranolazine was approved by the European EMEA for use in angina.[21]

Commercial aspects

Ranolazine is manufactured and sold as Ranexa by Gilead. According to an Gilead annual income statement, combined sales for Ranexa and other Gilead product AmBisome were $621 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.[22]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "Ranolazine Monograph for Professionals". Drugs.com. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 "Ranexa (ranolazine) Extended-Release Tablets, for Oral Use. Full Prescribing Information". Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA 94404. Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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  10. "FDA Approves New Treatment for Chest Pain". FDA News. 31 January 2006. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  11. Noble D, Noble PJ (July 2006). "Late sodium current in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease: consequences of sodium-calcium overload". Heart. 92 Suppl 4: iv1–iv5. doi:10.1136/hrt.2005.078782. PMC 1861316. PMID 16775091.
  12. Sokolov S, Peters CH, Rajamani S, Ruben PC (2013). "Proton-dependent inhibition of the cardiac sodium channel Nav1.5 by ranolazine". Frontiers in Pharmacology. 4: 78. doi:10.3389/fphar.2013.00078. PMC 3689222. PMID 23801963.
  13. Thomsen MB, Matz J, Volders PG, Vos MA (October 2006). "Assessing the proarrhythmic potential of drugs: current status of models and surrogate parameters of torsades de pointes arrhythmias". Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 112 (1): 150–70. doi:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2005.04.009. PMID 16714061.
  14. Banerjee K, Ghosh RK, Kamatam S, Banerjee A, Gupta A (January 2017). "Role of Ranolazine in cardiovascular disease and diabetes: Exploring beyond angina". International Journal of Cardiology. 227: 556–564. doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.10.102. PMID 27838121.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee Briefing Document" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  16. CV Therapeutics press release. April 1, 1996 CV Therapeutics Licenses Late-Stage Anti-Anginal Drug from Syntex (U.S.A.), an Affiliate of Roche Holding Ltd. Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  17. CV Therapeutics, 22 June 2006 CV Therapeutics Acquires Rights to Ranolazine in Asia Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  18. Thepharmaletter.com 22 September 2008 Italy's Menarini to pay up to $385 million for rights to CV Thera's Ranexa Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  19. Reuters, via the New York Times. 12 March 2009. Gilead, a White Knight, to Buy CV Therapeutics Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  20. Menarini press release. 18 June 2013 Memarii Group announces agreement with Gilead Sciences to commercialize Ranexa® (ranolazine) in 50 new countries Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  21. EMEA Ranolazine page at the EMEA Archived 5 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  22. "Gilead Sciences Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results". Gilead. Archived from the original on 3 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.

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