Flecainide is used to treat and prevent irregular heartbeats.
Take flecainide regularly at the same time every day. Take with a glass of water.
Swallow controlled release (CR) flecainide tablets whole. Do not crush or chew them.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Several medicines can react with flecainide, sometimes with severe results. Please talk to your pharmacist or doctor before using any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Change in heartbeat, chest pain, fainting
Increased risk of infection - symptoms may include: fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains, tiredness, pain when peeing, mouth ulcers
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Changes in vision
Tingling or numbness
Loss of co-ordination/walking or handwriting problems, tremor
Swollen feet or legs, short of breath
|Tell your doctor|
Nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea, abdominal pain, change of appetite
Ringing in the ears
Trouble sleeping, anxiety, low mood
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017
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