Tambocor is used to treat a heart condition called arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is an irregular or abnormal heart beat. The active ingredient in Tambocor, flecainide acetate, belongs to a group of drugs called antiarrhythmic medicines which slow down the impulses that cause the heart to beat in an irregular or abnormal way.
Your doctor may have prescribed Tambocor for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not use or have Tambocor if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not give Tambocor to children.
Do not take or have this medicine:
If you are not sure whether you should start taking or be given this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Your doctor or pharmacist can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following:
Do not use or have Tambocor unless your doctor says it is suitable for you.
Tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking, including those that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
It is particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any medicines to:
These medicines may be affected by Tambocor or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful of or avoid while taking or being given this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
In adults the usual starting dose of Tambocor tablets is 50 to 100 mg every twelve hours. Your doctor may gradually increase this dose. The usual maximum dose is 300 mg a day. However, some patients may need up to 400 mg a day.
It is very important to follow your doctor's instructions exactly. Never change the dose yourself. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Stopping Tambocor suddenly may make your condition worse.
Swallow your tablets with plenty of water. You can take the tablets before or after meals.
The dose for Tambocor IV injection is usually around 2mg/kg body weight and is given in a hospital. Your doctor may vary the dose to suit your condition.
Tambocor is not recommended for use in children.
If you forget to take Tambocor tablets, take them as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose skip the dose that you missed. Take your next dose at the normal time.
Never take a double dose to make up for a dose you have missed. If you miss two or more doses, please talk to your doctor.
For Tambocor injection, the doctor will assure that you are given the dose at the required time.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (in Australia call 131126; in New Zealand call 03 4747000) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have used too much Tambocor. Do this even if there are not signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent attention.
Keep the telephone numbers of these places/services handy.
If anyone else takes some of your Tambocor, they should go to a hospital immediately.
Your doctor will ensure that you are not given too much Tambocor injection.
If you are about to be started on any new medicines remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking or being given Tambocor.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Tambocor.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine.
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking or being given this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
Do not take Tambocor to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Tambocor is a prescription medicine and has been prescribed for you only.
Do not give it to anyone else even of their condition is the same as yours.
Do not stop taking Tambocor or lower the dose without first checking with your doctor.
If you feel dizzy for any reason do not drive or operate machinery.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking or being given Tambocor.
This medicine helps most people with arrhythmia, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
If you experience any of these effects and find them troublesome, or if you experience any unwanted effects that are not listed here, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Keep Tambocor tablets and injection in a safe, dry, cool place where the temperature stays below 30 degrees C.
Your injection will usually be stored in the hospital pharmacy.
Do not store in the fridge. Keep Tambocor tablets in their blister pack and carton until it is time to take them.
Keep Tambocor tablets where children cannot reach them.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
The hospital pharmacy will ensure that Tambocor injection is safely stored before use.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, or if they have passed their 'USE BY' date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
Tambocor 50 mg tablets are white, round tablets marked TR50 on one side and 3M on the other.
Each pack contains 60 tablets (AUST R 41001).
Tambocor 100 mg tablets are white, round tablets marked TR100 on one side and 3M on the other.
Each pack contains 60 tablets (AUST R 41002).
Tambocor IV injection is a clear, colourless solution in a clear glass ampoule.
Each pack contains 5 ampoules (AUST R 10592).
Tambocor 50 mg tablets contain 50 mg of the active ingredient flecainide acetate.
Tambocor 100 mg tablets contain 100 mg of the active ingredient flecainide acetate.
Both tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
Tambocor tablets do not contain gluten.
Tambocor IV injection contains 150 mg of the active ingredient flecainide acetate. It also contains the following inactive ingredients: