Norpace Loading

As an antiarrhythmia medication, Norpace® (disopyramide) is prescribed to help treat certain irregular heartbeats called ventricular arrhythmias. It comes in the form of a capsule and is taken every six hours. It can also be made into a liquid suspension for people or children who have difficulty swallowing the capsules.
You will start treatment in a hospital, where a healthcare provider can closely monitor you. The recommended initial dosage of Norpace for treating ventricular arrhythmias in most adults is usually 150 mg every 6 hours (for a total of 600 mg a day). However, lower doses are recommended for certain people.
If your healthcare provider determines that your arrhythmia needs to be controlled very quickly, you may be given a larger initial dose of Norpace (a loading dose) of 300 mg at the beginning of treatment, before you start taking your normal Norpace dose.
(For more details, click Norpace Dosage. This Web selection takes a closer look at this medication, including how your dosage is determined, steps your healthcare provider may take if your loading dose doesn't work within six hours, and more.)
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