17 Mar

Heart Medicine List: What’s Available in NZ

ZOOM Pharmacy delivers heart medicine ordered by customers, to thousands of people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You, or one of your whānau, may be like these customers who are prescribed vital prescription heart medicines to:

  • treat or manage a heart condition
  • control your blood pressure
  • aid recovery after a heart attack
  • manage the symptoms of heart failure
  • reduce your risk of future heart attacks/events

Taking more than one heart medication is very common.

To help you understand the purpose of your specific heart medicines, here is a list of common heart medication currently available in New Zealand.

Heart medicines available in New Zealand

See below heart medicine categories, the medicines in each one, and a brief description of what these medicines do.

Anti-coagulants

  • Apixaban
  • Dabigatran
  • Enoxaparin
  • Heparin
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Warfarin

Help prevent blood clots by making blood take longer to clot.

Antiplatelet medicines

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel
  • Dipyridamole
  • Ticagrelor  

Help prevent blood clots by stopping platelets in the blood sticking together. May treat existing clots.

Beta-blockers (beta-adrenoceptor blockers)

  • Atenolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Celiprolol
  • Labetalol
  • Metoprolol
  • Propranolol
  • Sotalol  

Steady your heart rate and rhythm and lower your blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors)

  • Captopril
  • Cilazapril
  • Enalapril
  • Lisinopril
  • Perindopril
  • Quinapril   

Widen veins and arteries to lower blood pressure. Reduce strain on your heart.

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)  

  • Candesartan
  • Irbesartan
  • Losartan  

Widen veins and arteries to lower blood pressure. Reduce strain on your heart.

Angiotensin Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitors (ARNIs)  

  • Sacubitril & Valsartan combined 

Help open arteries and improve blood flow. A combination drug with an ARB.

Calcium channel blockers  

  • Amlodipine
  • Diltiazem
  • Felodipine
  • Nifedipine
  • Verapamil  

Stops calcium moving into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. May relax blood vessels and lower the heart’s pumping strength.

Diuretics (water tablets)

  • Amiloride
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Bumetanide
  • Chlortalidone
  • Eplerenone
  • Furosemide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Indapamide
  • Metolazone
  • Spironolactone  

Lower blood pressure by removing excess fluid and salt from your body. You pass urine (pee) more often.   Help reduce pressure on your heart and kidneys.

Nitrates

  • Glyceryl trinitrate
  • Isosorbide mononitrate

Widen blood vessels to increase blood flow to the heart. Prevent or treat angina (chest pain).  

Statins

  • Atorvastatin
  • Pravastatin
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Simvastatin  

Reduce risk of heart attack by lowering LDL (‘bad”) blood cholesterol.  

Antiarrhythmics

  • Amiodarone
  • Digoxin
  • Flecainide
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers

Manage irregular heart rhythms caused by electrical problems in the heart.

Have a question about your heart medication?

If you have any questions or concerns about your heart medicines, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

ZOOM’s friendly, highly-trained pharmacists are available on 0508 966 622 Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Get your heart medication delivered to your door through Zoom Pharmacy

Get your heart medicine through ZOOM Pharmacy and have it delivered to your door in discreet packaging in 1-2 days. If you are on an unfunded medicine, visit the ZOOM Pharmacy SHOP to find out our great heart medication prices, for example Crestor (rosuvastatin) and Eliquis (apixaban).

To get started, simply send ZOOM your prescription. You can do this through your patient portal, or tell your medical centre to send it, or take a photo and securely upload your prescription, or freepost / courier it yourself. A pharmacist will then get in touch and take it from there.

Plus if you are on 4 or more funded prescription medicines, you get FREE prescritions, packing and delivery.

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