Mexitil is an anti-arrhythmic drug. It is used to treat seriously irregular heartbeats, such as persistent ventricular tachycardia.
Mexitil is known as an anti-arrhythmic drug. It works by blocking certain electrical signals in the heart that can cause an irregular heartbeat. Treating an irregular heartbeat can decrease the risk for blood clots, and this effect can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. It is used to treat certain types of serious (possibly fatal) irregular heartbeat (such as persistent ventricular tachycardia). It is used to restore normal heart rhythm and maintain a regular, steady heartbeat.
Take Mexitil exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water and food or an antacid, usually 2 to 3 times daily. Taking this medication with food or an antacid helps to decrease certain side effects (nausea, heartburn). Dosage is based on your age, liver function, medical condition, and response to treatment.
Before taking Mexitil you should talk with your doctor if you have heart disease, heart problems, liver disease, seizures or epilepsy, any allergies. This drug may make you dizzy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages.
You should not take Mexitil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are allergic to mexiletine or to any inactive component of the medication.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have nausea, vomiting, heartburn, dizziness, lightheadedness, vision problems, blurred vision, headache, shaking, nervousness, coordination difficulties, increased tiredness, abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, chest pain, seizure, rash, itching, swelling of the face, tongue, throat, trouble breathing, dry mouth, ringing in your ears, upset stomach, irregular heartbeat, sore throat, decreased appetite. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: phenytoin (dilantin), mephenytoin (mesantoin), ethotoin (peganone), rifampin (rimactane, rifadin), metoclopramide (reglan), cimetidine (tagamet), theophylline (theolair, elixophyllin). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are drowsiness, confusion, fainting, seizures, blurred vision.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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