Chemical Name: FLECAINIDE
This medicine is an
anti-arrhythmic used to treat an irregular heartbeat.
WARNING: This medicine
sometimes produces new irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). Therefore, it
should be used in carefully selected patients. Consult your doctor or
pharmacist for more information. Some medicines or medical conditions may
interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all
prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT
TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking ritonavir, grepafloxacin, or
sparfloxacin. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be
needed if you are taking verapamil or medicine for high blood pressure
(beta-blockers). Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions,
allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT
RECOMMENDED if you have a history of heart conditions. Contact your doctor
or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this
Follow the directions for
using this medicine provided by your doctor. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room
temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF
YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE and you remember within 6 hours, take the
missed dose. If it is more than 6 hours since your missed dose, skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2
doses at once.
DO NOT SUDDENLY STOP
TAKING THIS MEDICINE without checking with your doctor. BEFORE YOU HAVE
ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the
doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY
CAUSE dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that
could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. FOR
WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the
benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE
IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you
are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss
the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go
away during treatment, include stomach discomfort, dizziness, headache, or
blurred vision. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your
doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience
tremors, seizures, lightheadedness, irregular heartbeat, or fast or slow
heartbeat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your
doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Drug interactions can
result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job.
Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact
with each other.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, seizures, slow
heartbeat, and fainting.
DO NOT SHARE THIS
MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS
MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach
of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain
refills before your supply runs out.