What is Flecainide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Tambocor

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Flecainide acetate is an antiarrhythmic agent used to prevent or suppress documented life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias; for controlling symptomatic, disabling supraventricular tachycardias in patients without structural heart disease in whom other antiarrhythmic agents fail.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Atrial fibrillation 27 16
Heart arrhythmias 14 4
Supraventricular tachycardia 5 1
Sinus tachycardia 2 0
Support heart health 2 3
Ventricular tachycardia 2 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
2
Mild
5
None
14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Flecainide

Side effect Patients
Constipation 1
Headaches 1
Insomnia 1
Insomnia 1
Lightheadedness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Flecainide

Dosage Patients
50 mg twice daily 3
100 mg twice daily 3
100 mg daily 2
50 mg daily 1
200 mg daily 1
150 mg twice daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1
3tablet(s) as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Flecainide

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped taking Flecainide

Duration

Currently taking Flecainide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Flecainide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 11
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Flecainide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amiodarone (Arycor) 2
Dronedarone (Multaq) 1
Propranolol (Inderal) 1
Sotalol (Betapace) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Flecainide

Jun 2, 2017 (Started May 26, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Side effects
    Severe (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I ended up having to stop this medication due to the severe headaches that I got. It was not a migraine and took 24 hours to stop once we put the medication on hold. We did a challenge and with the first dose the headache returned. At this point, we are going to leave the arrythmias untreated unless they become more severe at which point we will have to go down the beta blocker avenue...although I also get headaches with them.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 27, 2011 (Started Feb 23, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Feb 17, 2011 (Started Feb 23, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Nov 27, 2010 (Started Feb 23, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

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