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Propafenone - 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?

Propafenone is used to treat abnormal heart rhythm.

How do I take this medicine?

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

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Propafenone is available in capsule or tablet form.

If you are given the sustained-release type of capsule (usually labeled as “SR”), swallow it whole. Do not chew or crush the capsule.

This medicine 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 otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

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. They can give you some advice to help you remember your dosing schedule.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • other heart diseases e.g. inherited or acquired heart defects, unusually fast heartbeats, slow heart rate, uncontrolled heart failure, recent heart attack
  • very low blood pressure
  • lung disease, e.g. asthma
  • electrolyte imbalance (imbalance of minerals in the body)
as Propafenone may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disorder)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to closely monitor your ECG (a recording of electrical activity of the heart) and blood pressure before and during your treatment with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Propafenone may make you drowsy or dizzy. 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: bitter or metallic taste, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, rash, diarrhoea, constipation, blurred vision, dry mouth, and stomach discomfort or pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • fits or seizures
  • increased breathlessness and worsening of asthma
  • fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
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 abnormal heart rhythm e.g. quinidine, amiodarone
  • medicines for high blood pressure and heart disease e.g. metoprolol, propranolol, digoxin
  • warfarin (blood thinning medicine)
  • theophylline (medicine for asthma)
  • medicines for depression or mood disorders e.g. fluoxetine, desipramine, venlafaxine
  • medicines for HIV/AIDS e.g. ritonavir, saquinavir
  • rifampicin (medicine for TB)
  • cimetidine (stomach medicine)
  • orlistat (medicine for obesity)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Propafenone.

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 and grapefruit juice.

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 Propafenone - 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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