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Propafenone

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Rythmol®;Rythmol® SR
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Propafenone®;Mylan-Propafenone;PMS-Propafenone;Rythmol® Gen-Propafenone
    • Mexican Brand Names: Nistaken;Norfenon
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class Ic

    Uses
    • It is used to treat a fast heartbeat.
    • Propafenone tries to normalize the fast heartbeats by slowing the current through the heart.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take as told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Take capsule with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Take tablets with or without food. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug is for treatment of not safe fast heartbeats only. It can cause risky side effects. You will be closely watched when starting this drug.
    • 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 propafenone 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 any of these health problems: Asthma, low blood pressure, Raynaud's disease, very bad lung disease, very weak heart, slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker, or water in the lungs.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • If you have had chest pain or pressure or a heart attack, talk with doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, 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.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Monitoring

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

    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.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Chest pain or pressure or fast heartbeat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Swelling or pain of leg or arm.
    • Major weight gain.
    • 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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