This has happened a few times in the past month or so.
I normally take flecainide 50mg in the morning at breakfast ( 8 am ) and again later in the evening.
This morning I forgot to take my pill ( along with my other pills! ) I took it at a quarter of two, when I realized I forgot. What worries me now, is how long should I wait till I take my second dose. I usually take it around eight in the evening. What would be the normal cutoff period for taking an anti-arrythmic medication like flecainide?
If you have already taken the 8AM dose at 2 PM you can take the second 8 hours later, say 10PM for today then get back on your regular schedule tomorrow. Also get yourself a med box sold at all drugstores. Mine is large because I have 11 prescriptions. The box should have a row across the top with each day and 4 rows down (morning, afternoon, evening, and bedtime). Once a week you fill the box. If you seed the pills are not in the slot, you have already taken them. If they are still there you didn't. Works for me.
I take Norpace (anti-arrythmic) usually at 10:30 a.m. and p.m. Once I didn't realize it until almost 2 p.m. The dosing info said if you forget it, if it's almost time to take it again, skip it, not to take 2 doses at once. I took it and then waited a little later that evening, then back to the regular dose the next day. I was only about 3 hours into the 12 hour cycle -- didn't seem to hurt.
Kenny, welcome back. Just wanted to add....all Dr's use different approaches. I had taken flecainide in the past, then had an ablation last Sept. Started having atrial-tachycardia episodes, maybe once a month 3 mo. ago of about 24 hrs in duration. Haven't been on heart meds for a few months. My Dr told me to take a ToprolXL, wait 20 min and take 3 100mg flecainide as a "pills in a pocket" method of converting. I was scared to try it but the last 2 times it worked like a charm...didn't have to go to the hospital and I was thankful for that. Just saying....these Dr's are all prescribing these anti-arrhythmics differently. I guess....whatever works! :)
I have the same problem of not remembering my meds for my Afib. The medicine box didn't help, so I set alarms on my cell phone and made the alarm sound obnoxious to get my attention. Then I really try to stay focused on getting the water and taking the meds. No matter what I'm doing, it's best to stop doing it and take the meds immediately. I can't let mine go long - in an hour my head doesn't feel right, kind of dizzy. So try this and don't forget to stay focused.
That is how I realized I forgot to take them! I saw that the pills were still in the box. I get busy doing things, then I simply forget to take them. Doesn't matter if they are standing there with a note saying "take me". I use a weekly daily pillbox. It's there at all times on the counter. It's ME! I simply walk right by the pills forgetting to take them. I have never been one to live on a time schedule.
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