Dofetilide (By Mouth)
Treats irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Belongs to a class of drugs called antiarrhythmics.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to dofetilide, or if you are using cimetidine (Tagametreg;), trimethoprim (Proloprimreg;), trimethoprim with sulfamethoxazole (Bactrimreg;, Septrareg;), ketoconazole (Nizoralreg;), verapamil (Calanreg;), prochlorperazine (Compazinereg;), or megestrol (Megacereg;). Do not use this medicine if you have a heart condition called “long QT syndrome,” or severe kidney problems.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will start you on this medicine in the hospital in order to check your heart rhythm and find the right dose for you.
- Use the exact dose that your doctor ordered. Keep using it even if you feel fine.
- Use this medicine at the same time every day to give your heart a steady supply of the medicine.
- Drink plenty of fluids while you are using this medicine.
- Do not use extra doses or skip doses of this medicine.
- You may need to carry identification that says you are using dofetilide. Ask your doctor about this.
If a dose is missed:
- Skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time.
- Do not use two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Be sure your doctor knows about all medicines you are using, including vitamins, dietary supplements, and any natural or herbal remedies.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have any heart problems or kidney disease.
- Check with your doctor before changing any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or supplements.
- If you are treated by a different health care provider, or go to a hospital, tell them you are using dofetilide and give them a list of all medicines and supplements you use.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Chest pain
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Increase in thirst
- Severe diarrhea
- Trouble breathing
- Unusual sweating
- Vomiting with loss of appetite
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Cough, runny nose, or sore throat
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Revision date: July 3, 2011
Last revised: by Andrew G. Epstein, M.D.
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