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User Reviews for Dofetilide to treat Arrhythmia (Page 2)

Also known as: Tikosyn

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Dofetilide Rating Summary

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7.8/10 Average Rating
55 ratings from 56 user reviews

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Reviews for Dofetilide

sliver fox · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 6, 2016

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Am completly satisfied .Have no side effects Absolute positive experience.”

9 / 10
George B April 25, 2016

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Keeps me in good sinus rhythm must be careful of red wine which can put me temporarily into arythmia but I automatically return to sinus in 24 hrs of so”

10 / 10
Mr Root Beer March 17, 2016

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Experienced CHF in 2010 induced by hypothyroidism which I had detected 30 years earlier but doctors couldn't confirm because of outdated TSH standards; also had hypotension & hypoglycemia which were again medically unconfirmed until 2010 CHF with EF of 13%. Defibrillator implanted in 2010. Put on dofetilde in 2014 by new doctors cuz other docs had ignored effects of amiadarone on thyroid med plus amiadarone toxicity. In 2015 had tachycardia of 168, another new doc said dofetilde should have worked, recommended ablation, which was subsequently done. Experienced crippling fatigue, I phased out dofetilde a year later, no arrhythmias, energy returning plus clear thinking. Found ablation effective, dofetilde ineffective plus energy crippling.”

5 / 10
redboat · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 15, 2016

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Tikosyn did restore sinus rhythm following unsuccessful cardioversion. As others have mentioned, cost is staggering and hoping for relief at some point. Side effects so far are fatigue and truly annoying headaches.”

8 / 10
pingaloco · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 9, 2016

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I had the operation and tried all other drugs. For the past 2 years I have been on 500 MG Tikosyn and only go in AFIB for about 2 days every 2 months. Only problem is Tikosyn increases the cost like crazy about twice a month. Sure hope there will be a generic soon”

10 / 10
Steve in Fremont January 6, 2016

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Have only been on Tikosyn for five days now (first three while in hospital). Writing this at 2:00 AM, so having some insomnia issues, and slight pain in chest upon deep breaths. First two doses did not cardiovert me, so had cardioversion via paddle, which got me back to sinus rhythm very easily, perhaps because of Tikosyn on board. Had previously gone out of sinus rhythm 19 days after successful ablation, with much post-surgical complications, which is probably why I didn't stay in sinus. Have yet to give this a really good test by exerting myself, maybe too soon yet, so don't know if I'll ever be able to be as active as I was. Other Tikosyn side effects so far - heart rate seems a bit rapid and get winded more easily. Will report back.”

8 / 10
Sugar Pie · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 10, 2015

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I was diagnosed with chronic A-Fib about three years ago after a dramatic life-threatening episode with an antibiotic that interacted with warfarin & put me in ICU for four days and then three morel for a total bill of $86,000. My cardiologist told me he could do nothing further for me as my case was too risky for ablation since I have emphysema. After a couple of months feeling as if I were on the EDGE, my Primary recommended a Cardiologist at a major university and he put me in the hospital for 4 days and on Tikosyn 500 mg. That as two years ago and I have done well as far as my heart rhythm. He did tell me he was worried about my brain...does Tikosyn affect the brain long term, as in concentration & Dementia. I am 74 & new age spots.”

9 / 10
wimawep · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 10, 2015

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “In persistent Atrial Fibrillation for five years. Tried a few cardioversions and they lasted a week or so. I wasn't very symptomatic so I lived with it along with Coumadin and then Pradaxa. Had ablation, stayed in sinus for 2 weeks. Couldn't tolerate flecanide. Had another cardioversion and would not convert. Put on Tikosyn and spontaneous normal sinus after one dose and no hint of AF since.”

10 / 10
Carolina TarHeel · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 27, 2014

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Update - Now over one year taking Tikosyn (500 ug twice a day) in combination with metoprolol (25 mg, twice a day) Went from 100% persistent atrial fibrillation to 5% occasional episodes. Some side effects (dry mouth, dry eyes, a little fatigue (unless I force myself to be active), but nothing as debilitating as atrial fibrillation. Still highly recommend this therapy!”

10 / 10
Edwingus123 · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 15, 2014

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I had three cardioversions. One last 6 years. Another lasted 1 year and the third one lasted only a week. So, I headed to a hospital in Nashville to explore my options. The new cardiologist suggested a 4th cardioversion, but follow up with Tikosyn. I was afraid of side effects, however I continued on with the plan. After 17 days, I went back into Afib. I decided to stop using caffeine to see if it helped. Within 48 hours of eliminating coffee, I was back in rhythm and have been so since. I have no side affects and my exercise routine has dramatically improved. Very happy with the results so far.”

10 / 10
bmeline55369 July 26, 2014

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation about 7 years ago. I had 3 unsuccessful abrasions to try to get back into sinus rhythm. Mayo Clinic said it was to risky to do any more. Put me on Tikosyn. I have stayed in rhythm about 99% on the time since.”

9 / 10
claf · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 28, 2014

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “26 when diagnosed, 3 ablation, at least 50 cardioversions open heart Cox Maiden success. At 37 went on Tikosyn. I live a normal life in sinus rhythm 99 percent of the time. If I had to do all over I would not have had any surgery. However a very nice effect of the Cox Maize is that it nearly eliminated my risk of stroke. Been on Tikosyn for five years with no noticeable side effects.”

10 / 10
CarolinaTarHeel · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2013

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “In persistent Atrial Fibrillation for 11 months being switched around between various doses and combinations of metoprolol and diltiazem for rate control without success. Converted on second dose of Tikosyn and had absolutely no problems with dosing in hospital other than a little headache on first dose. I never knew how bad I felt in Atrial Fibrillation until normal sinus rhythm restored. Check with your doctor about this medicine. They have a great program to insure safety medicine loading (although three days in the hospital CAN get a little boring!).”

10 / 10
Davenfl · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 13, 2012

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Excellent. I was in atrial fibrillation for about 6 weeks. When my electro-physiologist put me in the hospital to monitor me for this medicine, within 2 hours after taking Tikosyn, I returned to normal sinus rhythm. I still go in and out of atrial fibrillation, and will have catheter ablation within the next few weeks.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 23, 2012

“Effective but expensive.”

10 / 10
Russ R July 18, 2012

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2007. Three electrocardioversions, two ablations, a Medtronic ICD and 1000 mcg a day of Tikosyn and I am in sinus rhythm 99.998% of the time. Before treatment I was in A-Fib for 10 months. My Electrophysiologist prescribed 25mg twice daily of atenolol to help with the pounding heart beat side effect of Tikosyn. I turn 37 in August so my major concern is the long term use of Tikosyn. Its a fairly new medicine and there isn't any research of long term (20 yrs) dosage. So far, so good. It does make me tired, but that is a small price to pay to live without A-Fib.”

8 / 10
Anonymous July 5, 2012

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “2 years 7 Months: One A fib at 19 Months. Watch for serious drug interactions. ”

10 / 10
LisaME April 12, 2012

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I just got out of the hospital after my second ablation proved unsuccessful and was taken off my previous anti-arhythmic Sotalol which seemed to be less effective for months in its generic form. Anyway, with Tikosyn I noticed a difference in how I felt pretty quickly and am hoping this trend continues. I had been on Betapace for 15 years and have had 4 ICDs/ Pacemakers after being diagnosed with an idiopathic DCM in 1996 and surviving 3 cardiac arrests now. As far as I am concerned, the difference in my heart rhythm and how I feel thus far is the MIRACLE I have been waiting for. It has been years since I felt this good, and someone who is 44 SHOULD be able to feel this good (I was 28 when diagnosed). I think this medicine is definitely worth the risks!”

7 / 10
Rogerfb January 22, 2012

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I have been taking this medication for about 8 months. My skip beats have been significantly reduced. I have not had any fainting spells, and my quality of life has also improved tenfold. My cardio just cut my dose in half because of my kidneys I think. I just hope they don't take me off of it, it has made such a big difference in my life.”

10 / 10
Anonymous December 4, 2011

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Tikosyn was started in December of 2009 in a hospital setting. At this time two years later I have not been hospitalized for a atrial fibrillation. It has worked well with no side effects. The only downside is remembering to take it at the right time twice a day.”

9 / 10
Chuck H. November 23, 2011

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I have used Tikosyn since Jan 09 and have had an ablation in late 08. Tikosyn has worked well without any problems. I tried many other drugs with not much success.”

9 / 10
Anonymous September 5, 2011

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I have been taking TIKOSYN for 5 weeks. It did not kick in until they did a cardioversion on me. I am still having high blood pressure and high heart rate, as well as skipped beats. I have a rash and itching that is very bothersome. But other than that, I am doing well. I feel good but I just wish my blood pressure and heart rate would go back to normal.”

8 / 10
Slopey52 May 25, 2011

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I have been on Tikosyn for 6 months. The first 4 months were difficult as there were lots of skips and bumps in between episodes of 1-2 per week. Though the times in arrhythmia were getting much shorter. I still feel as though my condition is improving overall as there are not as many symptoms as before I was taking it. Hope it just keeps getting better.”

8 / 10
Dave L. October 4, 2010

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “Very good for atrial fibrillation. Electrocardioversions were not holding. This medicine converted my heart to a sinus rhythm after one capsule and has kept me there for 1 1/2 years. I have experienced no side effects.”

Anonymous June 28, 2010

Tikosyn (dofetilide): “I have been on Tikosyn for ten years and it is really working great for me. The only down spot is if you miss three doses you have to be hospitalized and cleaned out of the Tikosyn and reintroduced to the medicine. Otherwise it has really worked great with my and my pacemaker/defibrillator.”

10 / 10

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