Flecainide review

Flecainide is a drug that belongs to the class of medications commonly known as anti-arrhythmics. Flecainide helps in maintaining the normal heart beat by slowing the electrical signals of the heart.

Flecainide is a prescribed drug that is being distributed under the brand name Tambocor. Flecainide is used to treat patients suffering from irregular heartbeats that are life-threatening.

Flecainide is a drug that comes in a tablet form that can be taken orally. Flecainide is given to patients once in every twelve hours. However, it can be taken once in every eight hours if side effects occur. The medicine should be taken on the same time daily. You must follow the prescription and directions of your doctor.

While under medication, the doctor will carefully monitor your progress and adjust the dosage if necessary.

Use the drug continuously even if you feel well. Stop medication only if advised by your doctor. Stopping the medication without the doctor’s consent can make your health condition worse.

Missed dose should be taken immediately. However, if it is about time for the next dose, it is best to skip the missed dose and continue with the normal scheduled dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose. Doing so will cause overdose which can be very fatal to your health.

Overdosed patients should be brought to the hospital immediately.

Side effects may occur when using Flecainide. Some of the most common side effects include headache, stomach pain, weakness, dizziness, constipation, and may even affect the vision.

Severe side effects may also occur such as chest pain, tiredness, irregular heartbeat, nausea, confusion, gasping for breath, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes and skin, unusual skin bruising, unusual bleeding and swelling of different parts of the body.

If any of these side effects are experienced, it is important to contact your doctor or seek for immediate medical attention.

Prior to your medication using Flecainide, you must discuss with your doctors. Inform your doctor if you have any allergies with the drug or other similar medicine. It is also important to inform your doctor all other drugs you are using including vitamins, herbal products, nutritional medicines and other products. This is to help your doctor determine if you are using any drugs or substances that may interact with Flecainide.

It is also essential to tell your doctor if you have any history of heart attack or other types of heart disorder. Also inform your doctor if you have hypertension, liver problem, and kidney disorder.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers should consult their doctor before using the medicine.

It is also important to maintain your schedules with your doctor. This is to determine if the medication is taking effect or not. You must also maintain all your medical records while undergoing treatment.

Flecainide is only prescribed by a doctor based on the medical condition of a patient and should not be shared to others even with similar health condition.

Flecainide has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of flecainide

• Molecular formula of flecainide is C17H20F6N2O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-(2-piperidylmethyl)-2,5-bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)benzamide
• Molecular weight is 414.343 g/mol
Flecainide available : 50mg tablets, 100mg tablets and 150mg tablets

Brand name(s): Flecaine, Flecainida, Flecainidum, Tambocor

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