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Rythmol and Rythmol SR can both be generically prescribed as propafenone and is commonly used in the treatment of irregular heart rates. Rythmol steadies the heart’s rhythm in order to establish strong and steady beats. While rare, there have been instances of a worsening and permanent irregular heart beat as a result of taking Rythmol. Patients and physicians need to assess this risk together.

Not all patients will benefit from Rythmol. A thorough medical examination along with a history assessment is necessary to determine what is best for the patient. Patients with a medical history which includes asthma, COPD, or any respiratory disorder, liver disease, myasthenia gravis, kidney disease, or any type of heart disease or pacemaker may not be able to handle Rythmol without special monitoring. Some patients will not be able to tolerate it at all.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Rythmol as a pregnancy risk assessment category C. This means that it has yet to be determined whether or not a developing fetus would suffer ill effects from this medication. Rythmol does pass through the mother’s breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Women who are pregnant or nursing should find alternative medicines if at all possible.

It is important to the patient’s health that doses are not skipped, as this can cause irregular heart rates within hours. However, in the event of an accidentally skipped dose, the patient should take the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose of Rythmol, the patient should skip the missed dose and resume dosing at the next regular dose. The patient should never take an additional dose to make up for missed medication.

If an overdose is suspected, the patient will need immediate health care. Tiredness, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, slow heart rate, seizures, confusion, and worsening irregular heart rate are tell tale symptoms of an overdose.

Patients may experience some side effects, especially when taking their first few doses of Rythmol. Mild side effects generally are not cause for alarm but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Mild side effects include tiredness, dizziness, headaches, blurry vision, changes in the ability to taste, stomach discomfort, constipation, vomiting, and decreased appetite.

Some patients may experience much more severe side effects when starting Rythmol. Serious side effects and allergic reactions require swift action by an emergency room physician. Serious side effects may include symptoms such as new irregular heart rate, worsening irregular heart rate, swelling of the ankles and legs, unusual bruising or bleeding, shortness of breath, chest pain, chest discomfort, infection, fever, sore throat or mouth, and mouth ulcers.

Patients often need to be educated about the likelihood of medicines interacting. Some medicines mixed with Rythmol can make the patient extremely ill. Medicines such as blood thinners, barbiturates, beta blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, local anesthetic, HIV protease inhibitor, digoxin, tolterodine, theophylline, quinidine, cyclosporine, digoxin, quinidine, sparfloxacin, and cimetidine. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any new medicines including over the counter medicines, prescription medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Interactions can be fatal.

Patients taking Rythmol should never alter their own dose, miss doses, or change their dosing regimen. The results could be dangerous to their condition.Patients should use caution when operating a vehicle or machinery while they adjust to the medicine.

Rythmol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of rythmol

• Molecular formula of rythmol is C21H27NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[2-(2-hydroxy-3-propylamino-propoxy)phenyl]-3-phenyl-propan-1-one
• Molecular weight is 341.444 g/mol
Rythmol available : 150mg tablets, 225mg tablets, 300mg tablets

Generic name: Propafenone

Brand name(s): Propafenona, Propafenonum, Rythmol SR

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