... twice daily for the past 6 years to limit my episodes of AFib. For me, it has been a successful drug. I just recently moved from the USA to Canada - only to discover, to my dismay, that Tikosyn is not available here. Apparently it is only licensed in the US - no other countries. Cardiologists here in Canada seem to know next to nothing about Tikosyn, and/or they regard it as too dangerous a drug. My local cardiologist says I must come off Tikosyn, but she is unsure what other antiarrhythmia drug will be suitable for me - if any. She says I may have to go without. Since I feel dependent on Tikosyn to keep me in sinus rhythm, I am at a loss to know what to do. Has anyone else gone through this? Any help or advice would be much appreciated
How far from the border are you? I would ask my dr from the usa to call your cardiologist in canada and talk to her about it. I find it difficult to believe that going into a fib is safer then a medicine, which is what the dr is saying basically. Your dr scares me, because I've always believed if you don't know, find out. Not just brush it off.
I also am on Tikosyn 250 twice a day and you being in Vancouver is luck, your close to Bellingham, Washington. Their is a hospital in Bellingham called Peacehealth they have some of the best cardiac Doctors in the U.S.. I would have your doctor in Florida get you a referral to one of the doctors in Bellingham and then go with what they say. I just this past year got done with a Canadian doctor that told me the same thing. I fired him and got a doctor that new the drug and I still am on Tikosyn doing fine, the thing is, there are other drugs that do the same thing, but they are not as safe and have a lot of side effects. Multaq is one and Amiroderone(spelling??) is another. And, if the doctor you are going to now don't know about Tikosyn or the other drugs, can't be much of a cardiologist. The other thing you should look into is an ablation as that may stop the afib.
- Tikosyn Information for Consumers
- Tikosyn Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tikosyn (detailed)
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