What is Mexiletine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Mexitil

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Mexiletine (Mexitil), an orally taken form of lidocaine, is used to treat irregular heartbeats and to relieve chronic nerve pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 11 8
Muscle cramps 3 12
Myotonia congenita 3 2
Fibromyalgia 2 1
Peripheral neuropathy 2 0

Show all 17 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
6
Mild
3
None
18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mexiletine

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 2
Nausea 2
Belching 1
Blurry vision 1
Dizziness 1
Heartburn 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mexiletine

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 2
150 mg three times daily 2
50 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
175 mg daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Mexiletine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 6
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Other 1
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking Mexiletine

Duration

Currently taking Mexiletine

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 6

Stopped taking Mexiletine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 18
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mexiletine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 1
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1

Patients stopped taking Mexiletine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 1
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 1
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Mexiletine

Jan 17, 2017 (Started Dec 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for occipital neuralgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 10, 2017 (Started Dec 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for occipital neuralgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 14, 2015 (Started Apr 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia), heartburn)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 6, 2014 (Started Aug 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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