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Should not: Flecainide is used for heart rhythm disturbances, many of which can be caused by alcohol. Alcohol, especially when taken regularly in even moderate doses (2-3 drinks/day) can actually damage the heart muscle in predisposed people. It also has numerous drug interactions, and can lower therapeutic levels of many drugs. You need to talk with your doctor about your alcohol use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Why do I always think anybody who is asking "can i drink" is generally somebody who is drinking too much? Flecainide is prescribed for cardiac arrhythmias, and alcohol can itself cause cardiac arrhythmias, or worsen pre-existing ones, as well as interacting with the many medications used to treat it. Does your prescribing doc know you drink, and you should discuss it with him/her. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I drink SMALL amounts of alcohol - normal heart, but in AF. I am not susceptible to alcohol but does Flecainide (in itself) make me MORE susceptible
I took two dosages of Flecainide at the same time by mistake. How can I correct the future dosages?
Great answers from health tap but what is the longest that anyone has ever been on Flecainide. Worried about taking it long term.
It's complicated: Its tough to judge as information is limited. However, if the fleicanide is controlling your symptoms, and preventing atrial fibrillation, then you should continue with the drug.. Rate control ( the number on your pulse) is just as important in afib as rhythm control ( how much time you are having AFIB). PFO is common but not with afib- it could have been an ASD. Ablation for afib may be needed. ...Read more
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