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 5  lone atrial fibrillation nil, except i feel i recover very quickly after excercise i used to get AF small bouts weekly, and be hospitalised a few times a year, my life was terrible, but since taking tamboccor i feel cured, i dont even get a single palpitation ever, its a wonder drug, i feel great. M 47 8 years
150 2X D
 3  Afib, flutter Sad to read that others are suffering, but reassuring to see the similar side effects. Tremors and weakness are severe and getting worse. Hair loss, memory loss, speech, vision and writing/cognitive abilities are deteriorating rapidly to where it is becoming frightening. Was just sent to a neurologist; wonderful elecrophysician who performed the ablation but denies/atypical that ablation has caused this rapid deterioration. Also feel very "lost" mentally. Thank you for sharing your experiences-not so alone with these terrible side effects. There is a dramatic change in me-difficult to even write this which is highly unusual for me. Have had afib and flutter approximately 15 years, about every 6 months in clusters. Was kept in balance with 5MG Zebeta/day effectively until 1 year ago. Cardizam was added, but frequency increased, plus very slow heartrate. Decided on an ablation 4 1/2 months ago which seemingly has worked. Was put in hospital to initiate 50MG/Tambocor 2xDay for a month previous to ablation; which helped greatly. Am now on Tambocor approximately 5-6 months but with possible severe problems from it. Doctor just removed it and also 10MG/Day of Lipitor after 10 years. We shall wait and see. I believe it was a good drug for the arrythmias, but not certain if it has caused these severe side effects. F 59 6 months
50MG 2X D
 1  A-Fib Blurred vision, fatigue, overall not feeling normal in any. This is a VERY scarey medicine to take. For some this works good, but I personally could not stand the side effects. I had two instances where I almost went in to A-Fib, but didn't. My Doctor attributed this to the Flecainide but I don't know. I have now been on Multaq for two months and have been A-Fib free ever since - and zero side-effects. M 41 30 days
100 2X D
 1  A Fib I've been on 100mg Toporol for 5 years for a fib. I have a fib once every 12-18 months. Cardioversion corrects the a fib. This time the doc put me on 50 mg Toporol and 100mg x2 Tambocor. I started having very blurred vision and when I layed down my heart would beat twice and skip a beat for hours which caused headaches. I told my doc no more but he is insisting that I stay on it. After reading into this med and all the problems there is no way I'm going back to it. M 53 2 weeks
100 MG 2X D
 3  Afib Feel like I am in a fogg all day. Out of breath. I will give this a chance as doctors differ with my diagnosis. Had an ablation in 2001 for SVT and new doctor thinks it's related. I would have another ablation in a minute to get rid of the side effects. Also taking 100 mg. of Toprol succinate and may have to reduce that to increase stamina. F 65 5 days
100 MG 2X D
 1  afib Severe bradycardia, hypotension. Also extreme nervousness - hard to describe, constantly felt like flinching, maybe it was the tremors others have described. I couldn't tolerate this at all - my heart rate dropped into the 30's and I still had constant PAC's/PVC's. F 46 5 days
50MG 2X D
 4  A-fib, A-flutter Feel dazed most of the time, however, it has controlled my heart rhythm. I haven't had any stomach discomfort or hair loss or tremors or visiual problems. Most importantly I haven't had a heart "episode" since I began this medication, so for me it is worth the side-effect. F 56 6 months
100 Mg 2X D
 5  a fib No side effects thus far. Episodes of arrhythmias are rare now. M 56 14 days
50mg 2X D
 3  PSVT Fatigue is horrible. Hair loss. Hot flashes and mood swings. I have had a heart ablation and it did not work. I go again in January 2011 to discuss having another one. My cardiologist says that sometimes you have to have 2 to 3 before one will work. I know my pharmacist wants me off this drug. He said long term use can be dangerous. I take toprol XL also. I still have bouts of arythmias. They can be very painful at times. I guess I will see what happens in January. F 52 2 years
100 2X D
 4  Arrhythmia None that I'm aware of. My cardiologist prescribed Tambocor after I developed a cardiac arrhythmia following a heart attack in my right coronary artery. I also had a pacemaker installed, (for pacing only, i.e., not a defibrilator). I'm unaware of any problems caused by the drug. Early this year my cardiologist quit his practice so I located a new heart doc. My new cardiologist does not like Tambocor at all, he considers it to be a very dangerous drug and he does not understand why I'm taking it. He said I should be taking an ACE inhibitor, which he prescribed in August 2010. However, because I've been taking Tambocor since January 1997 he is afraid to discontinue it unless I'm admitted to a hospital as an in-patient for at least five days to monitor my heart while I discontinue taking the drug. It seems that I'm now between a rock and a hard place. M 67 13 years
50 MG 3X D
 3  Premature atrial beats, After a few weeks, progressive tremors of one hand & forearm, interfering w/ driving. At 3 months, 2 days w/ leg tremors. Dose reduced to 25 mg 2x/day for 2 weeks w/ decrease of tremor amplitude but increased frequency. Off pills 2 weeks, reducing amplitude but no change in frequency. Another post on this site says it took months for side effects to subside. Cardiologist says this med doesn't cause tremors, but Primary Dr. says this looks like likely cause, in my case. Beta blockers had increased excess beats, but Flecainide (Tambocor) controlled them to normal level. F 60 3 months
50mg 2X D
 3  Arrhythmia, Tachycardia Moderate increase in fatigue, significant increase in sweating with activity. Initial nausea/worsening GERD that decreased with time. I've only been on this medication for 2 weeks. It's dampened the sensations/awareness of arrhythmia but not taken it away. I am concerned about the additional fatigue. F 41 2 weeks
50 mg 2X D
 1  atrial fibrillation SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST - LOOK IT UP! I was told that this drug was "bad" if you have blockages so it was started in a hospital July '08 after they did a stress test and determined I was fine. In Jan '10 I experienced SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST and fortunately was revived after 15 minutes in the woods. Nobody expected me to live. At the hospital they did an angiogram and found 4 blocked coronary arteries. After quadruple bypass I'm now on Multaq. I recommend the book "Deadly Medicine" by Thomas Moore, if you can find it. It was written 15 years ago and quickly out of print!!! M 59 1.5 years
1X D
 5  Afib Flecainide (plus Toprol) has kept me in normal sinus rhythm for over 6 years with only mild side effects (slight visual disturbance). M 57 6 years
100mg 2X D
 1   Extreme trembling in right arm and hand that got worse the longer I took the drug. Vision problems. Memory loss. Worst problems were the tremors as they extended to other arm, knees, and feet. Took drug for about 1 year. Stopped it. Took several months for side effects to go away. Started me back on it. Tremors started immediately and very strong. Pay very close attention to yourself if you start this drug and notice changes. It was a bad drug for me. F 60 365 days
100mg 2X D
 3  Afib, SVTs This drug stole my energy and my personality. My edge was gone. I was chronically fatigued, foggy, with anxiety and depression. Everything was a chore. Not much was fun. I was treated for Afib with an electrical cardioversion. When I woke up, I had a regular beat, then SVTs, regular, then SVTs. I was put on Tambocor. It did a pretty good job of controlling the irregular rhythm, although I would have occasional SVT episodes for up to a minute. In two years, I had three more episodes of atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter,and each time I was treated with a cardioversion which restored the "normal" rhythm of regular beat, then SVT. I resisted the ablation for atrial fibrillation (left side ablation) because of the highly elevated stroke risk. Eventually, with urging from me, my cardiologists suggested that the real problem might be SVTs, not afib, and that the SVTs might be causing the Afib or flutter. Three weeks ago, I had an ablation for SVTs(right side, no highly elevated stroke risk). The SVT ablation worked wonderfully. No more SVTs, and so far, no afib or flutter. Stopped taking Tambocor nearly a month ago, and I could not be happier. My personality is back, for better or worse. I am not taking any medicine at all. Only by stopping the Tambocor did I realize what a nasty medicine it is and just how much it cost me as a person. If my cardiologists had put me in the SVT box, not the Afib box, much earlier, I would have had the SVT ablation much sooner and not lost myself for more than 2 years. M 62 2.5 years
100mg 2X D
 5  Afib Having a little trouble with close-up reading but not a big problem. Could also just be time to get reading glasses. No other side effects. I used to have afib events about every 2 months that last for 4-6 hours. I haven't had any problems since taking tambacor (so far). This stuff has really helped me. M 45 15 months
50mg 2X D
 5  atrial fibrillation none that I know of It's a life saver. However, I will ONLY take the brand. I had one generic of it that put me in the hospital with a-fib. F 62 6 years
 4  Tachycardia Double vision when i look to the side about an hour after i take each dose, lasts about 45 min works great! F 25 2 years
 5  svt. a-fib nothing that i can attribute to the medication wonderful drug that keeps my heart regular as long as i take it religiously. F 45 10 years