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Grapefruit And Flecainide
Flecainide: That oil on the skin is unlikely to cause a problem with the flecainide ...Read more
Big Answer: Talk to your cardiologist before doing anything ...Read more
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
Flecainide: They are the same drug one is the trade name and Flecainide is the chemical name. ...Read more
Drug interactions: There are no known drug interactions between these two medications. Always tell your physician what medicines you are taking so they look at possible interactions before starting you on a new medicine. ...Read more
Flecainide: Too much Flecainide can cause serious arrhythmia s. You should discuss with your doctor how to take it safely. ...Read more
Dose interval: Don't go longer than 12h or less than 9h between doses ...Read more
I took two dosages of Flecainide at the same time by mistake. How can I correct the future dosages?
I am on Flecainide 100mg twice a day. I am not sure about the interval between doses. Does it have to be exactly 12 hours?
Flecainide dosing: Approximately every 10-12 hours is optimal. Don't extend beyond 12 hours between doses, and don't shorten to less than 9 hours between doses. This medication is important, and you don't want your serum levels to drop below therapeutic level or be potentially too high. ...Read more
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
If been on: For a long time I would gradually decrease. Dose. ...Read more
I when to see my dr and told him I was having side effects with medication flecainide he said is ok continue medication is this the right thing?
What side effects?: Flecainide is a very potent medication and can cause some side effects. The benefits often outweigh the side effects. Without knowing what reaction you are having it is hard to know what to tell you other than potentially asking for a referral to a cardiologist if this physician is not one. If he or she is a cardiologist you may want to ask your internist or primary care physician for more info. ...Read more
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 more
Can be effective: Flecainide should be avoided if there are certain additional cardiac abnormalities accompanying the atrial fibrillation - such as left ventricular hypertrophy or a weakened heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), and in some cases more serious rhythm abnormalities can occur. But it is very effective in certain patients. ...Read more
NO: Flecainide has been shown to be dangerous in the early period following a myocardial infarction (CAST study). That concern is extrapolated to avoid use in anyone with previous MI. The mechanism is related to scarred ventricular myocardium. PFO closure doesn't involve the ventricles and shouldn't be a problem. Flec is great for AF which is an atrial problem, like PFO closure. ...Read more
Yes: Yes but only on your doctor's prescription. ...Read more
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