Flecainide

Description

Flecainide is an anti-arrhythmic medicine which is used to prevent life-threatening heart rhythm disorders. It belongs to a group of medicines called Class 1C antiarrhythmic agents.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Flecainide

  • Headache and dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Increased sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss

Uses of Flecainide

What is it prescribed for?

  • Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff Parkinson White syndrome
  • Atrial Flutter
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. If the medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired effects is necessary.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to flecainide or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Heart block greater than first degree

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with second or third-degree AV block unless if there is a pacemaker present to maintain heart rhythm.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. If the medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired effects is necessary.
General warnings

Electrolyte abnormalities

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients having an electrolyte imbalance in the body. An altered level of ions like magnesium and sodium affects the absorption of this medicine, reducing effectiveness. Hence, the electrolyte imbalance should be corrected in such patients before starting therapy with this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition

Driving and operating machinery

This medicine may cause symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Hypotension

This medicine may cause hypotension (low blood pressure) and hence should be used with caution in patients with low blood pressure due to increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Regular monitoring of blood pressure levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Use in elderly population

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in elderly patients due to the risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with kidney impairment due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with kidney impairment due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

QT Prolongation

This medicine may cause prolongation of the QT interval and worsen the patient's condition. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Sick sinus syndrome

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with sick sinus syndrome (heart rhythm disorder) due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Escitalopram

Ciprofloxacin

Verapamil

Amiodarone

Clarithromycin

Disease interactions

Cardiovascular disorders

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from any heart disease that affects the blood pumping capacity and the normal rhythm. An alternate therapy should be considered based on the diagnosis made.

Electrolyte imbalance

This medicine should be used with caution in patients having an electrolyte imbalance in the body. An altered level of ions like magnesium and sodium affects the absorption of this medicine, reducing effectiveness.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by slowing electrical signals generated by the heart to restore and maintain a normal heartbeat.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Class IC antiarrhythmics

Schedule

Schedule H

Flecainide Acetate 100 mg tablets - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 21 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3086/smpc

Flecainide [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 21 September 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/flecainide

[Internet]. Gp2u.com.au. 2018 [cited 21 September 2018]. Available from:

https://gp2u.com.au/static/pdf/T/TAMBOCOR-PI.pdf

Flecainide: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2019 [cited 9 May 2019]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a608040.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 9 May 2019

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