Mexitil

(mexiletine)

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Treats heart rate problems.

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Mexitil (mexiletine) is a drug that helps the heart in extreme situations when it isn't beating normally, especially when other drugs haven't worked well.

Quick facts about mexiletine
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mexiletine)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • It's a decent option for treating life-threatening heart rate problems, especially when other medicines or procedures haven't worked.
  • It's available as a generic drug, so it should be more affordable than the brand version.

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Downsides

  • Your heart requires close monitoring while taking Mexitil (mexiletine) to make sure it is working well.
  • Mexitil (mexiletine) can cause some liver damage.
  • You'll need to be monitored regularly for side effects by taking routine blood tests and heart tests.
  • It's not a good choice if you have liver problems or a history of heart failure.

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How it works

Mexitil (mexiletine) is anti-arrhythmic medicine. It treats heart rate problems by blocking bad electrical signals in your heart and helps it keep beating normally.

Quick facts about mexiletine
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mexiletine)

Used for

  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiac dysrhythmia - Congenital heart disease

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Mexitil (mexiletine) for Anti-arrhythmic

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Side effect rates for Mexitil (mexiletine)

From 102 clinical trials of mexiletine when taken for anti-arrhythmia
  • Chest Pain
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Heartburn
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
  • Tremor
  • Nervousness
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Palpitations
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Headache
  • Blurred Vision

Risks and Warnings for Mexitil (mexiletine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Had a heart attack in the past 2 years

    Mexitil (mexiletine) can lead to an increased risk of death in patients who've had a heart attack. Mexitil (mexiletine) should only be used when no other options are available.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Mexitil (mexiletine)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Mexitil (mexiletine) can be taken with food.
Kidneys and liver
  • It's not a good choice if you have liver problems or a history of heart failure.