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Procainamide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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General Information on Procainamide

Generic Name : Procainamide
Pronunciation : proe kane a mide
Latest prescription information about Procainamide. 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, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.2 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiarrhythmics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Procainamide

India : 

International : 

Procanbid, Procan Sr
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Why is Procainamide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antiarrhythmic agent, prescribed for irregular heart beat.  It makes the heart more resistant to abnormal activity.

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When should Procainamide not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with heart block, heart failure, low blood pressure, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Procainamide?

Adult- PO- The recommended dose is 50 mg/kg/day in divided doses.

How should Procainamide be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Procainamide?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney disease, heart failure, bone marrow depression, myasthenia gravis, digitalis (digoxin) toxicity, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid abrupt withdrawal.

• It may reduce platelet counts, avoid bruising and injury.

What are the side effects of Procainamide?

   Heart : Low blood pressure and heart block.
   General : Joint pain, abdominal pain, lung infection, fever, chills and muscle pain.
   Blood : Anemia, decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
   Skin : Swelling under the skin, hives, itching, flushing and rash.
   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bitter taste, diarrhea and elevated liver enzymes.
   Central Nervous System : Dizziness or giddiness, weakness, mental depression and psychosis with hallucinations.

What are the other precautions for Procainamide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Procainamide?

Store it at room temperature.




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