Tambocor Overdose

Taking an overdose of Tambocor (flecainide) can have fatal consequences. Seek medical treatment right away if you believe you have taken too much of this drug. Possible effects include seizures, vomiting, and heart failure. A healthcare provider may treat an overdose by "pumping" the stomach, administering certain medications, or providing supportive care.

Can You Take Too Much Tambocor?

Tambocor™ (flecainide acetate) is a prescription antiarrhythmic drug approved to prevent certain abnormal heartbeats (heart arrhythmias). As with most medications, it is possible to take too much Tambocor.
 
The specific effects of an overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Tambocor dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
 

Effects of an Overdose

A Tambocor overdose can be extremely dangerous. There have been reports of death occurring after overdoses with as little as 1000 mg. However, people have also survived overdoses as high as 8000 mg.
 
Based on reports of an overdose with this medication, possible symptoms may include:
 
 

Treatment Options for a Tambocor Overdose

If the overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal or "pump the stomach" to help reduce the amount of the medication absorbed into the bloodstream. Dialysis is not expected to be useful for removing Tambocor from the body.
 
Treatment for any type of overdose also usually involves supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result. Supportive treatment options for a Tambocor overdose may include:
 
  • Close monitoring of the electrical activity of the heart
  • Medications given into a vein (intravenously, or via IV), such as dobutamine, to help the heart pump stronger
  • Assistance with breathing using mechanical ventilation.
 
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have taken too much of this medication.
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