Flecainide is a prescription medication used primarily for the treatment of tachyarrhythmias (abnormal rhythms of the heart) as well as atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Classified as an lc arrhythmic agent, it is prescribed under the trade names Almarytm, Apocard, Flecaine and Ecrinal. Although the most common side effects of Flecainide are mild, they include blurred vision, dizziness and lightheadedness.
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Things you need
- Doctor's visit
- Alternative plan to manage heart condition
Call your cardiologist to let him know that you are interested in stopping your treatment of Flecainide.
Provide a list of all medications you are currently taking, as well as any past and present medical conditions you have, and the reason why you wish to stop taking Flecainide. If your reasons are related to side effects, be sure to include what those side effects are when discussing alternative treatments with your doctor.
If your doctor approves your request, he will likely reduce your dosage of Flecainide to ween you off the drug. It is not healthy to simply stop taking your medication, so be sure to follow the appropriate steps and speak with your physician about a lower dosage and alternative medications for your condition.
Tips and warnings
- Store this medication away from heat and light.
- Moisture and heat can cause Flecainide to be less effective, so be sure to keep it out of the bathroom or kitchen sink area.
- This medicine works properly when there is a constant supply of it in your bloodstream. The best thing to do while taking Flecainide is to take your doses regularly but 12 hours apart (morning and evening).
- If taking Flecainide, be sure to make regular visits to your physician to ensure this medication is working properly.
- It is helpful to wear an ID bracelet or carry a card that states that you are taking Flecainide.
- Let your doctor or dentist know you are taking this medication before allowing any surgeries to proceed.
- Do not stop taking Flecainide suddenly; check with your doctor.
- Flecainide might make congestive heart failure worse. Talk with your doctor about all your health conditions.
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