TAMBOCOR 100MG TABLETS

Active substance: FLECAINIDE ACETATE

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Patient Information Leaflet

Tambocor 50 mg & 100 mg Tablets
Flecainide acetate

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you take this
medicine.
•  eep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
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•  you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
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nurse.
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This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass
it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms
are the same as yours.

Check with your doctor or nurse before taking
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­ ambocor tablets if:
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•  ou have high blood pressure
•  ou have angina (chest pains)
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•  ou have heart disease
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•  ou have kidney disease or kidney problems
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•  ou have liver disease or liver problems
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•  ou wear a pacemaker.
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In this leaflet:
1. What Tambocor tablets are for
2. Before you take Tambocor tablets
3. How to take Tambocor tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Tambocor tablets
6. Further information.

Tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking any of the
following medicines:
•  ny other medicine used to treat heart arrhythmias or
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heart problems such as cardiac glycosides,
beta-blockers, verapamil or amiodarone
•  edicines to treat high blood pressure
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•  ntidepressants (medicines used to treat depression),
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such as tricyclic antidepressants, Prozac, fluoxetineor
reboxetine
•  nticonvulsants (medicines used to prevent epileptic
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fits) such as phenytoin, phenobarbital or carbamazepine
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•  ntipsychotics (medicines to treat mental illness) such
as clozapine
•  ntihistamines (medicines to treat allergic reactions)
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such as mizolastine or terfenadine
•  uinine (medicine to treat malaria)
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•  edicines to treat HIV such as ritonavir, lopinavir or
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­ndinavir
•  iuretics (water tablets)
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•  imetidine (medicine to treat stomach ulcers)
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•  upropion (a medicine to help stop you smoking)
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•  ny other medicine, including medicines obtained
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­ ithout a prescription.
These medicines may interfere with your treatment.

1. What Tambocor tablets are for
Tambocor tablets belong to a group of medicines called
anti-arrhythmics. Anti-arrhythmics work by controlling the
rate and rhythm of the heart.
Tambocor tablets are used to treat:
•  rrhythmias (irregular heart beat)
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•  achycardia (heart beat too fast)
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Atrial fibrillation (rapid contractions of muscles in the
heart).
It is important for your doctor to treat these conditions
quickly and effectively in order to prevent more serious
heart problems from developing.
There are two strengths of tablet available, 50 mg and
100 mg.
2. Before you take Tambocor tablets
Do not take Tambocor tablets if:
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You are allergic to flecainide acetate or any of the other
ingredients of Tambocor tablets (see Section 6)
You have heart failure
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You have heart block (your heart misses beats)
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You have long-standing atrial fibrillation
(rapid contractions of muscles in the heart)
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You have or have ever had any heart problems including
problems with the valves in your heart or conduction
problems
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You have sinus node dysfunction (a specific condition
where your heart beats abnormally)
•  ou have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack)
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•  ou are pregnant or breast-feeding.
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Tambocor tablets are not recommended for use in
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­ hildren under 12 years of age.
If any of the above applies to you tell your doctor or nurse.
Before you take Tambocor tablets your doctor or
nurse may check:
•  our fluid levels are correct
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•  our liver and kidney functions.
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This is to check that Tambocor tablets are right for you
and to help the doctor calculate the dose you need.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or
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­ reast-feeding, ask the doctor or nurse for advice
before taking Tambocor tablets.
3. How to take Tambocor tablets
Always take Tambocor tablets exactly as your doctor has
told you.
Important:
Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for your
condition. Usually your treatment with Tambocor
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­ ablets will be started in hospital.
Adults:
Supraventricular arrhythmias (Irregular heart
beat that starts in the upper chambers of
your heart)
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•  ambocor 50mg tablets: The usual dose is one tablet
twice a day.
•  ambocor 100mg tablets: The usual dose is half a tablet
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twice a day.
Your doctor may prescribe up to a total dose of 300 mg
daily (3 x 100 mg tablets or 6 x 50 mg tablets).

Ventricular arrhythmias (Irregular heart beat that starts
in the lower chambers of your heart)
•  ambocor 50mg tablets: The usual dose is two tablets
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twice a day.
•  ambocor 100mg tablets: The usual dose is one tablet
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twice a day
Your doctor may prescribe up to a total dose of 400 mg
daily (4 x 100 mg tablets or 8 x 50 mg tablets).
The elderly and patients with kidney or heart ­ roblems:
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•  or elderly patients, and patients with kidney or heart
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problems, the doctor may tell you to take a lower dose.
While you are taking this medicine, your doctor may ask
you to have check-ups. These are to make sure that your
medicine is working properly and that the dose you are
taking is right for you.
Children:
•  ambocor tablets are not recommended for children
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under 12 years of age.
If you take more Tambocor tablets than you should
If you accidentally take too much, immediately go to the
nearest hospital casualty department.
If you forget to take Tambocor tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Simply take the next dose as planned.
If you stop taking Tambocor tablets
Do not stop taking Tambocor tablets without first talking
to your doctor.
If you have any further questions about the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or nurse.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines Tambocor tablets can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Seek immediate medical help if you have any of the
following symptoms:
•  our heartbeat changes; it starts to pound, or it gets
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faster or slower
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•  ou have chest pain
•  ou become breathless or have other breathing
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problems
•  ou faint or you feel faint
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•  ou have ringing in your ears
•  our skin and eyes begin to go yellow (jaundice)
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•  ou have a fever, become flushed or sweat
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•  ou have fits (convulsions).
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Other side effects:
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•  eeling or being sick
•  onstipation
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•  eeling bloated
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•  ind
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•  iarrhoea
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•  tomach pain or indigestion
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•  oss of appetite
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•  onfusion and hallucinations
•  orgetfulness
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•  ifficulty sleeping
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•  eeling anxious (worried)
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•  epression
•  ed, itchy or swollen skin rash
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•  air loss
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•  ensitivity to sunlight
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•  eeling weak or tired
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•  eadache
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•  ouble or blurred vision
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•  mall cloudy spots on the eyeball
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•  eeling giddy or lightheaded
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•  izziness or feeling that the room is spinning (vertigo)
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•  haking (tremors)
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•  nsteady walking, uncontrolled movements or poor
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coordination
•  umb or tingling hands or feet
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•  welling.
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If any of these side effects get serious, or you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, tell your doctor or nurse.
5. How to store Tambocor tablets
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 30°C.
Keep tablets in the outer carton in order to protect from
light and moisture.
Do not use Tambocor tablets after the expiry date on the
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Return any medicine you no longer
need to your pharmacist.
6. Further information
What Tambocor tablets contain
•  he active substance in Tambocor tablets is flecainide
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acetate. Each 50 mg tablet contains 50 mg of flecainide
acetate. Each 100 mg tablet contains 100 mg flecainide
acetate.
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•  he other ingredients are pregelatinised starch,
croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose
(E460i), hydrogenated vegetable oil, magnesium
stearate (E572).
What Tambocor tablets look like
Tambocor 50 mg tablets are round, white and marked
‘3M’ on one side and ‘TR50’ on the other.
Tambocor 100 mg tablets are round, white and marked
‘3M’ on one side and ‘TR100’ with a break line on the
other.
Both strengths of Tambocor tablets come in blister packs
containing 60 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Meda Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Skyway House, Parsonage
Road, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6PU, UK.
Manufacturer:
3M Health Care Limited, 1 Morley Street, Loughborough,
Leicester, LE11 1EP, UK.
This leaflet was last updated March 2012

If this leaflet is difficult to see or read
and you would like it in a different
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­ ormat, please contact Meda
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­ harmaceuticals Ltd, Skyway House,
Parsonage Road, Takeley, Bishop‘s
Stortford, CM22 6PU, UK.
56UK1833210-00
6204 1953 7
Tambocor is a trademark of MEDA AB.
The Triangle Logo on the packaging is a
trademark of 3M and is used under license.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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