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Flecainide - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Flecainide is used to prevent or control certain types of irregularity in your heartbeat, bringing it back to normal rhythm.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Flecainide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Flecainide must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart failure or other heart disease
- severe low blood pressure
as Flecainide may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- electrolyte imbalance (a low potassium or magnesium level in the blood)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Inform you doctor if you are using a pacemaker (a small device that is placed in the chest to regulate the beating of the heart).

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to Flecainide regularly. He may also need to perform electrocardiogram (ECG), a type of test to check the electrical activity of the heart, while you are being treated with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Flecainide may cause dizziness, blurred or double vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, weakness, tiredness, tremor, headache, fever, and swelling of some parts of your body.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- worsening of your heart condition
- abnormally slow heartbeat
- chest pain
- difficulty in breathing

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other medicines for heart disease e.g. acebutolol verapamil, digoxin
- medicines for cold or allergy e.g. mizolastine, terfenadine
- medicines for HIV e.g. ritonavir, indinavir
- medicines to treat depression e.g. fluoxetine
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. clozapine
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. terbinafine
- medicines for smoking cessation e.g. bupropion
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Flecainide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Flecainide - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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