Flecainide - Drug Information

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General Information on Flecainide

Generic Name : Flecainide

Pronunciation : fle kay' nide

Latest prescription information about Flecainide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.2 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiarrhythmics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Flecainide

International- Tambocor.

Why is Flecainide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antiarrhythmic agent, prescribed for irregular heart beat. It stabilizes heart rhythm.

When should Flecainide not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with pre-existing second or third degree AV block, cardiogenic shock and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Flecainide?

PSVT, PAF- The recommended starting dose is 50 mg every 12 hours. Maximum- 300mg/day.
VT- The recommended starting dose is 100 mg every 12 hours. Maximum- 400mg/day.

How should Flecainide be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Flecainide?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, kidney or liver problems, abnormal potassium level, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, blurred vision or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid abrupt withdrawal.

What are the side effects of Flecainide?

   Body as a Whole : Uneasiness and fever.
   Heart : Fast heart rate, palpitations and chest pain.
   Gastrointestinal : Vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation and abdominal pain.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing.
   Skin : Rash.
   Eye : Double vision and visual disturbances.
   Central Nervous System : Sensory loss, tingling, in coordination, flushing, increased sweating, fainting, drowsiness, ringing in the ear, dizziness, headache, fatigue, weakness and tremor.
   Psychiatric : Anxiety, sleeplessness and depression.

What are the other precautions for Flecainide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Flecainide?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container. Protect from light.

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