Flecainide (brand name Tambocor) is used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), maintain a normal heart rate or slow an overactive heart. It relaxes the heart and improves its pumping action.
Flecainide comes in tablets and is usually taken twice a day. Take with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.
This medication is usually started in the hospital, where your response to it can be closely monitored by your doctor.
Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose — follow these instructions carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand.
This medication works best when there is a constant level in your body. Therefore, it is important that you take it every 12 hours. Try to take you r doses at the same times each day. NEVER skip doses or take less or more of the medication than your doctor prescribes. Even if you feel well, NEVER stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Take the missed dose if you remember it within six hours. If you do not remember it until six or more hours after the scheduled time, skip the missed dose and take your next regular dose. Do not take a double dose.
Call your doctor if the following symptoms are persistent or severe:
Get up slowly from sitting or lying positions. Also, be careful while doing activities that require you to be alert.
Never take outdated medications. Some medication prescription labels list an expiration date. If such a date is not on your medication label, or if you are unsure how old a medication is, call your pharmacy.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms:
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