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Multaq is a medicine used to lower the chance of going into the hospital due to atrial fibrillation (an irregular, fast heartbeat) in people who have had certain types of atrial fibrillation in the past, but now have normal heart rhythm.
How does this medication work?
It is unknown exactly how Multaq works to help your heart beat more regularly.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Multaq has been shown to reduce the rate of hospitalization due to atrial fibrillation
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Multaq exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Multaq should not be used if you have symptoms of heart failure that recently worsened and required hospitalization, or if you have an irregular heart rhythm called permanent atrial fibrillation, due to increased risk for developing a life-threatening stroke or heart failure. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath or wheezing at rest; chest tightness; coughing up frothy mucus at rest, night time, or after minor exercise; needing to use more pillows to prop yourself up at night to breathe easily; gaining more than 5 pounds quickly; or increased swelling of your feet or legs.
More common side effects may include: diarrhea, nausea, stomach area pain, vomiting, weakness, tiredness, indigestion, skin problems (such as redness, rash, and itching).
Less common side effects may include:
Liver problems, including life-threatening liver failure, with symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting; fever, feeling unwell, and unusual tiredness; itching; yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes; unusual darkening of the urine; or right upper stomach area pain or discomfort.
Life-threatening lung damage, with symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or any other trouble breathing; or coughing, chest pain, or spitting up blood.
Lowered potassium or magnesium levels in your blood.
Harm to your baby if taken during pregnancy. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Multaq.
Do not take Multaq if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Multaq if you have a type of irregular heart rhythm called permanent atrial fibrillation.
Do not take Multaq if you have symptoms of heart failure that recently worsened and you were hospitalized, or if you have severe heart failure.
Do not take Multaq if you are currently taking any of the following medications: certain anti-psychotics (such as chlorpromazine), antidepressant medications (such as amitriptyline), certain antibiotics (such as erythromycin), certain heart medications (such as metoprolol or amiodarone), ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, cyclosporine, telithromycin, clarithromycin, nefazodone, or ritonavir.
Do not take Multaq if you have serious liver problems or have a history of liver or lung damage after taking a medicine called amiodarone.
Do not take Multaq if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Multaq. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have other heart problems, liver or kidney problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 400 mg twice a day.
Take Multaq exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Multaq without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Multaq twice a day with food, once with your morning meal and once with your evening meal.
Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Multaq.
If Multaq is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Multaq may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Multaq can harm your baby if you take it during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Multaq. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Multaq, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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