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Mexiletine : Interaction with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine

Interaction of Mexiletine with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Mexiletine is used to treat irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and maintain a normal heart rate. It is an antiarrhythmic. It blocks certain electrical signals in the heart to stabilize the heart rhythm. Mexiletine is also approved to treat non-dystrophic myotonia in adult patients whose muscles do not relax immediately after contraction resulting in muscle stiffness, pain, disability, and frequent falls.


Mexiletine Interactions with Food and Herbs

Citrus Fruits, Cranberries, Vegetables, Dairy products, Meat: Do not take mexiletine with large amounts of citrus fruits, cranberries, vegetables, meat or dairy products as they may interact with the drug.

Tobacco: Tobacco usage like cigarette smoking has the ability of reducing the effectiveness of the drug.

Mexiletine Interactions with Alcohol

Mexiletine alone can cause dizziness and lightheadedness. When you take it with alcohol, the combination will make you feel more dizzy or lightheaded.

Mexiletine Interactions with Caffeine

Usually caffeine-rich products like tea and coffee are not advised by doctors while taking mexiletine as the drug could affect the elimination of caffeine from the body.

How to Take the Medication -

Mexiletine is available in the form of a capsule. You may take this 3 times in a day every 8 hourly. You should take this medicine with food or else it can cause a stomach upset. Do not stop the medicine without talking to the doctor as your condition could worsen.
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