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Tambocor (Flecainide) belongs to the class of medications known as antiarrhythmics. It is used to treat or prevent abnormal heart rhythms in certain conditions (e.
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Tambocor (Flecainide) belongs to the class of medications known as antiarrhythmics. It is used to treat or prevent abnormal heart rhythms in certain conditions (e.g., paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardias, sustained ventricular tachycardia). It works by slowing down the rate of nerve impulses causing the heart to beat, and by making the heart less likely to respond to abnormal impulses.
Tambocor (Flecainide) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Tambocor (Flecainide) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Tambocor (Flecainide) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Tambocor (Flecainide) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Tambocor (Flecainide), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Tambocor (Flecainide) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Tambocor (Flecainide) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Tambocor (Flecainide) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The usual recommended adult starting dose of Tambocor (Flecainide) is 50 mg to 100 mg twice daily, depending on the type of abnormal heart rhythm being treated. Usually, Tambocor (Flecainide) is taken every 8 to 12 hours. The dose and interval may be changed by your doctor according to your response to the medication. Tambocor (Flecainide) can be taken with or without food. For some people, Tambocor (Flecainide) is started in the hospital, where heart rhythm can be closely monitored.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Tambocor (Flecainide) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Tambocor (Flecainide) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Tambocor (Flecainide). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Tambocor (Flecainide) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Tambocor (Flecainide). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Tambocor (Flecainide).
Tambocor is currently not being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under Tambocor (Flecainide). This article is being kept available fro reference purposes only. If you are using Tambocor (Flecainide), speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.
Do not take Tambocor (Flecainide) if you:
Tambocor (Flecainide) should not be given to people who are in cardiogenic shock.
There may be an interaction between Tambocor (Flecainide) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Tambocor (Flecainide). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take Tambocor (Flecainide).
Abnormal heart rhythms: Certain medications used to treat abnormal heart rhythms, including Tambocor (Flecainide), may cause new abnormal heart rhythms or worsen existing ones. Your doctor will monitor you closely while you are taking Tambocor (Flecainide). If you experience a fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fainting; heart palpitations; or dizziness while taking Tambocor (Flecainide), contact your doctor immediately.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Tambocor (Flecainide) may cause blurred vision, dizziness, and fatigue. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Tambocor (Flecainide) affects you.
Heart failure: Tambocor (Flecainide) can cause or worsen heart failure and should not be used by people with severe or untreated heart failure. If you have heart failure and are taking Tambocor (Flecainide), your doctor will monitor you closely during treatment. If you notice shortness of breath, weight gain, or swelling in the hands, feet, or lower legs while taking Tambocor (Flecainide), contact your doctor immediately. People who have had a Heart Attack may also develop these symptoms.
Kidney function: Decreased kidney function or Kidney Disease may cause Tambocor (Flecainide) to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have decreased kidney function, discuss with your doctor how Tambocor (Flecainide) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Tambocor (Flecainide), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Liver function: Decreased liver function or liver disease may cause Tambocor (Flecainide) to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have decreased liver function, discuss with your doctor how Tambocor (Flecainide) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Tambocor (Flecainide), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: Tambocor (Flecainide) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Tambocor (Flecainide), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Tambocor (Flecainide) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Tambocor (Flecainide), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Tambocor (Flecainide) have not been established for children.
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