What is Tikosyn used for?
Tikosyn is a medicine that is given to
patients with irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation). Tikosyn may help the heart beat
more regularly and stay beating regularly for a longer period of time.
Who should not take Tikosyn?
You should not take Tikosyn if you:
Are taking certain other medicines, including:
Have serious kidney problems or are on kidney dialysis.
Special Warning(s) with Tikosyn:
In some patients, Tikosyn can cause a different type of abnormal heartbeat that
can be dangerous and in rare cases even cause death. The different type of heartbeat may
be a fast beating of the heart with lightheadedness and fainting. The possibility of this
different type of abnormal heartbeat is the reason you and your doctor have discussed
whether your symptoms are troublesome enough for you to start taking Tikosyn.
General Precautions with Tikosyn:
Tell your doctor about any problems you have with your:
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
Be sure to tell your health care provider about all prescription and
non-prescription medicines you are taking, as well as vitamins, dietary supplements, and
any natural or herbal remedies.
Taking certain other medications with Tikosyn can increase the amount of Tikosyn
in your body and cause the different type of abnormal heartbeat, including medicines used
- Heart conditions
- High blood pressure
- Depression and other mental problems
- Hay fever
- Skin problems
Tell your health care provider if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a child.
What are some possible side effects of Tikosyn? (This is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Tikosyn. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Tikosyns most serious side effect, the different type of dangerous
abnormal heartbeat is described in the "Special Warnings" section.
Other common side effects of Tikosyn are:
- Chest pain
For more detailed information about Tikosyn, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.