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Procainamide

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Procainamide®;Procainamide Hydrochloride Injection, USP;Procan SR®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class Ia

    Uses
    • It is used to treat a fast heartbeat.
    • Procainamide lowers the effects of chemicals on the heart. It slows the heart down.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into a vein.
    • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

    Storage

    • This drug will be given to you in a doctor office setting. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Long-term use of procainamide may cause lupus, a disease that causes irritation to joints and other areas of the body. Talk with doctor.
    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to procainamide or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have a slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker or lupus.

    Precautions

    • If you have a weak heart, talk with doctor.
    • If you have low potassium levels or if you are taking a water pill, talk with doctor.
    • If you have myasthenia gravis, talk with doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with certain other drugs.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Low blood pressure.
    • Procainamide can cause a lupus-like disease. This will most often go away.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Fast heartbeat.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Joint pain or swelling.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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