This medication is used to suppress and prevent the recurrence of abnormal heart rhythm. It works by slowing an overactive heart and correcting irregular heartbeats to a normal rhythm so that the heart works properly to pump blood.
Common side effects include:
For infants and young children, blood tests may be required to monitor the level of flecainide. A gene test may also be required to guide drug dosing and for making dose adjustments.
It is very important that you are on regular follow-up with your doctor to monitor for any possible side effects. Inform your healthcare professional if you have any of the following side-effects.
This medication may worsen existing abnormal heart rhythm, or cause new irregular heartbeats. Symptoms of abnormal heart rhythm include one or more of the following:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Some medications may interact with Flecainide and affect their effectiveness or increase the risk of side-effects. However, these medications may also be important for your treatment. Inform your healthcare professional of the other medications you are currently taking. Examples include:
Consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure whether your existing medications can be taken together with this medication.
Separate the administration of flecainide from the following food by at least 1-2 hours as it may affect the absorption of flecainide:
For babies / infants, report any changes in dietary milk intake to the doctor as dose adjustments may be needed.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Tablets: Store in a cool, dry place (room temperature), away from light.
Liquid medicine: Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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