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Depends: If it's working, one could use this over the long term. The caveat is that you should have routine stress testing done while on the medication. Also, as you get older your actuarial risk of coronary artery disease increases. The main contraindication to using flecainide is coronary artery disease, so some doctors don't like to maintain elderly patients on flecainide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antiarhythmic drug: Flecainide is an antiarhythmic drug that belongs to a class of antiarhythmic drugs class 1-a . It blocks the sodium current in the cell and is used to treat atrial arrhythmias. However because of its potential risk of serious side effect it is only recommended in patients with no heart disease. ...Read more
Check with doctor: This is an important question to ask the electrophysiologist performing your procedure, as each expert has their own style. Some may not want to stop the flecainide. Most ablationists will expect a medication to be below an effective level after 5 half-lives, which, in the case of flecainide, would suggest taking the last dose about 3 days prior to the day of your procedure. Clarify with doc. ...Read more
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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