I have been taking flecainide 50mg x2 daily for Afib. along with metoprolol and aspirin. Have been taking it now for a little over three years. Have not had any further outbreaks of Afib! However I really would rather not take this drug, if at all possible. I have read that it does not help anyone live longer. My cardiologist has told me it I stopped taking it, my heart would race out of control. Yet when I have missed a dose, I actually felt better! I have also had occaisonal outbreaks of PVC's since taking it. One which landed me in the hospital in June. I had wondered if the flecainide somehow could have caused them. My doctor thinks it's stress. I have wondered how long you can take this drug before it kills you. How long has everyone here been taking it?
Hi Kenny1948, I have been on Flecainide 100mg x twice daily for around 20 years with no bad effects and I'm nearly 76.
I have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome with Supraventricular Tachycardia. Flecainide controls it so well that I refused ablation therapy to potentially cure it.
We are all different with our complaints and treatments so I can only wish you well and to be guided by your medics; but certainly try to reduce stress in your life.
I would guess the cardiologist would tell you what I will, you can stop taking it when your a fib is cured. If you doubt your cardiologist see another for a second opinion, but if you trust him do as he says.
As I said, I have had no other outbreaks of Afib since my first one three years ago. I have never seen an electrphysiologist. My Cardiologist was sure my Afib was caused by blockage. So this last time I was in the hospital, he ordered a Heart Cath. Result showed my arteries are clear! So back to square one. He now says it is stress. No I don't trust him. He was giving me flecainide even though he thought I had blockage. Something the drug company itself says is a not good to do.
Then he also works for one of the HCA hospitals that was cited for ordering unnecessary hearth catheterizations. He is one of the doctors mentioned in the investigation. Need I say more.
I simply wanted to know how many people have taken this drug, over a long period. As all I read about it is bad,
I have supraventricular tachycardies sinde the age of 13. In 1985 I started with Tambocor 2+1/2 tablets with 100mg Flecainide a day and can live normally since with a few tachycardies (about 1 per month) which are over with in 1/2 to 4 hours after increasing the dose to 3-4 tablets within 24h. It is I take this medicament all days since 28 years. Now being 67 years old, I have more often to take 3 tablets a day. My cardiologist wanted to let me take only 2 Tambocor + 1/4 of B-blocker. However I prefer the 'old' version, because the B-blocker does not allow me energetic tasks, such as cleaning, mounting stairs and being a musician. Most important before taking this medicament is not to be a person at risk for infarctus.
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