Tikosyn Administration

Tikosyn® (dofetilide) is given to adults who have certain types of an irregular heart rate, specifically atrial fibrillation (commonly referred to as "a-fib") or atrial flutter. People who receive this prescription drug may wonder when and how to most effectively use it.
 
Administration of Tikosyn will initially be done in the hospital, where you can carefully be monitored. The drug comes in the form of a capsule that is taken twice daily. Two to three hours after receiving your first dose, your healthcare provider will monitor your heart rate and may reduce your amount if necessary. He or she will continue to monitor your heart rate in the hospital for at least three days.
 
After leaving the hospital, make sure to continue taking the Tikosyn dose your healthcare provider recommends. Your kidneys and heart rate will continue to be monitored at least every three months. If your kidney function worsens, you may need a lower dose of the medicine or may need to stop taking it.
 
(For more details on the administration of this drug, click Tikosyn Dosage. This Web selection discusses dosing guidelines for this medicine in more detail, including important tips on how to best use this drug.)
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