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Xylocaine (Cardiac)

This medication is used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).This drug may also be used for resistant seizure treatment.

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Xylocaine (Cardiac)

This medication is used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).This drug may also be used for resistant seizure treatment.
  • This drug may interfere with laboratory tests (CK and CPK) when given by injection into a muscle (IM).
  • EKG and other heart monitoring will occur during therapy.

  • Store at controlled room temperature away from light and moisture.

  • Symptoms of overdose may include seizures, shortness of breath, and slow heartbeat.

How To Use
  • This medication is generally given by vein (IV).
  • It may also be given in a large muscle (IM - in the shoulder usually) for one or two doses if necessary.Generally 50-100mg is given first IV, then repeated if necessary.
  • This dosing is followed by continuous IV therapy (1-4 mg per minute typically).
  • Doses may need to be reduced in people with heart failure or liver problems.

Side Effects
  • Pain at the site of injection might occur.
  • If this persists or worsens, notify your doctor.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Unlikely but report promptly: drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, shakiness, mental changes, ringing in the ears, visual changes, nausea, tingling or numbness, slurred speech, muscle twitching, unusually slow heartbeat, seizures.Notify your doctor immediately if an allergic reaction occurs.
  • Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies), heart problems, liver disease, severe lung problems.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This drug is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If a dose is missed or IV is interrupted, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: cimetidine, other drugs used for irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) such as phenytoin, procainamide, quinidine, propranolol.

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