Category:  Cardiovascular   |   Product:  Mexiletine / Generic Mextil Mextil / Mexiletine
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Information about Mexiletine (Generic Mextil) :

Mexiletine is used to treat certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeat. It improves the heart rhythm and helps keep the heart from beating too fast or in an irregular rhythm.

You should not use Mexiletine in the following cases: you are allergic to any ingredient in it; or you have cardiogenic shock or second- or third-degree atrioventricular (AV) block and do not have a pacemaker.

In such cases it is obligatory to consult with your doctor or health care provider before taking this drug.

Before using Mexiletine:
Before using Mexiletine you should tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions listed below: you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding a baby; you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement; you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances; you have other heart problems (eg, heart block or AV block, conductions problems), congestive heart failure, or a pacemaker; you have low blood pressure, liver problems, or a seizure disorder.

Be aware that Mexiletine may interact with some medicines. Consult with your health care provider in case you are taking any other drugs, especially any of the following: cimetidine because the side effects of Mexiletine may be increased; hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), phenobarbital, or rifampin because the effectiveness of Mexiletine may be decreased; caffeine, lidocaine, or theophylline because side effects may be increased by Mexiletine.

It may not be a complete list of all interactions with other drugs. To prevent any complications you should check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Mexiletine:
Use this medicine as recommended by your physician. Mexiletine should be taken regularly with food or antacids.

Do not stop taking Mexiletine even if you feel well. Try not to miss any doses.

In case you miss a dose of Mexiletine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next intake, skip the missed dose and take it according to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take double doses to catch up.

Important safety information:
Be careful when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities as Mexiletine usage may lead to dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. Try to avoid such activities. Alcohol and certain other medicines may increase the risk of unfavorable reactions while taking Mexiletine.

Do not suddenly stop taking Mexiletine without medical consultation.

Notify your doctor or dentist that you take Mexiletine before you undergo any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.

Lab tests, including liver and heart function, may be performed while you use Mexiletine. It is important to control your progress or to check for side effects. Follow all doctor and lab appointments strictly.

Mexiletine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN, as safety and effectiveness have not been proved.

In case you become pregnant, consult with your doctor and discuss the benefits and risks of taking Mexiletine while pregnancy. It is known that Mexiletine passes into breast milk. Avoid breast-feeding a baby while taking Mexiletine.

Possible side effects of Mexiletine:
You should consult with your doctor in case you have any of side effects especially bothersome listed below: blurred vision; clumsiness; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness or lightheadedness; headache; heartburn; incoordination; nausea; nervousness; stomach discomfort; tremor; vomiting.

Seek emergency immediately in case you have any of these severe side effects:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision or other vision problems; chest pain; fainting; fever; irregular, fast, or slow heartbeat; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; severe stomach pain; sore throat; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

What is the expiration date of the pills?
This information is mentioned on each blister. The expiration date is 2 years from the date of manufacture.

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