Any one else taking Flecinide for heart flutter or a-fib?

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Scriptures
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   Posted 5/27/2011 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have started Flecinide for atrial flutter three weeks ago and I am so delighted with the results. However I will still need an ablation in three months time. Has anyone else had success with Flecinide?

Alcie
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   Posted 5/28/2011 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi scriptures -
Welcome! I'm glad you started your own thread. I hope you get a lot of replies.

I get tachycardia, maybe not quite the same thing as afib, but it gets going at 165 beats a minute regular, and sometimes I can't get it stopped with metoprolol or atenolol or Valsalva maneuvers. After a few hours I have to go to the ER and get the rhythm converted.

My point is that, in my case, the rapid heartbeat nearly always starts with eating my "trigger foods." I've kept a food log/journal, with the guidance of my allergist, and it's helped me find a list of foods I have to avoid. It's not like a peanut allergy, not something that can be diagnosed with a skin or blood test. It's a matter of eating too large a quantity of the specific foods that cause the reaction.

There are lots of categories of food intolerances/sensitivities. The food log helped me find mine. I happen to be intolerant of any foods containing sulfites, but others have problems with MSG, histamin releasing foods, various preservatives, etc.

It takes at least a couple of months to find out if food intolerances is the problem, but the food log is free and easy.

I was thinking of ablation, but I don't even need atenolol as long as I avoid the foods I don't tolerate.
Alcie
 
 

GreggR
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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/7/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Flecainide for a couple of months.  The medication gave me headaches at first but it stopped by irregular heartbeat and I have not had an episode since starting.  I was on 25mg.  A couple of weeks ago, I started cutting the pills in half, this stopped the headaches and I still have not had any arythmia. I do not like pills of any sort and have an ablation sheduled but I may cancel because the Flecainide is working well. 
 
I do have one concern, when I first started taking the medication, I felt a little dull and lathargic.  I have a concern that if the medication de-sensitizes your heart to minor extraneous electrical impulses, I wonder if it could effect the brain since this runs on electrical impulses.  I feel fine now but wonder if effects my mental sharpness at all. 
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