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Procainamide Hydrochloride Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

PROCAINAMIDE (proe kane A mide) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. This medicine is used for heartbeat problems that may be life threatening.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in behavior, mood, or mental ability including mental depression

  • chest pain, palpitations

  • confusion

  • dark yellow or brown urine

  • feeling faint or lightheaded

  • fever, chills, or sore throat

  • hallucinations

  • irregular or fast heartbeat

  • joint or muscle pain

  • swelling of feet or legs

  • tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

  • unusual bruising, bleeding, or pinpoint red spots on the skin

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • stomach pain

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • abarelix

  • amoxapine

  • apomorphine

  • arsenic trioxide

  • certain macrolide antibiotics

  • certain quinolone antibiotics

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • haloperidol

  • hawthorn

  • levomethadyl

  • maprotiline

  • medicines for malaria like chloroquine and halofantrine

  • medicines for mental depression such as tricyclic antidepressants

  • methadone

  • other medicines to control heart rhythm

  • pentamidine

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, and thioridazine

  • pimozide

  • probucol

  • ranolazine

  • sertindole

  • vardenafil

  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cimetidine

  • ranitidine

  • succinylcholine

  • trimethoprim

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • anemia or blood disease

  • heart disease or previous heart attack

  • immune system problems, like lupus

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • low blood pressure

  • myasthenia gravis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to procainamide, procaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more dizzy, increase flushing and rapid heartbeats. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 7/20/2009
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