Comment from: Chris G. 55-64 Male Patient Published: June 01

I am using Mexitil for over 11 months since experiencing a storm of 14 shocks from my ICD following 3 ablation in my left ventricle. So far the drug has prevented further shocks. Iexperienced no problems following the initial 2-3 months of adjusting to this medication. I have now become dependent on this lifesaving medication and hope it will always be available.

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Comment from: aaronranaewho 13-18 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 22

I was on Mexitil for roughly three months following my diagnosis with VT, and it didn't help much at all, and left me feeling tired constantly. Also, the three times per day dosage was extremely inconvenient and it was more trouble than it was worth

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Comment from: Mike012580 25-34 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 30

I have Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2, which for me is a VERY painful form of Muscular Dystrophy. I have been taking this drug (200 mg capsules twice daily)for about 4-5 months now and it has almost cut my use of Percocet in half! I was taking (at one point) up to 7 tablets of Percocet (5/325 mg) daily and after starting Mexiletine my use has went down to 4-5 Percocet daily. I experience 2 side effects from the Mexiletine: tremors in my hands (every day) and severe heartburn (about 2 times a month) for which I have to take about 6-8 tablets of Tums 1,000 mg to control. As long as my pain is controlled these side effects don't bother me.

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Comment from: Female Caregiver Published: December 01

why is this medication being taken off the the drug formulary. it has worked for me for over a year?

Comment from: patient 25-34 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: April 07

I have been taking this for almost 4 years and have been happy with the results. I feel better and seem to have more energy. The only thing that I do not like is the tremors that I rarely get, they are annoying more than anything.

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Comment from: oldone24 75 or over Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 09

Had a very bad Vtach problem. Was on Coreg and amiodarone for many years. also have a ICD. Stopped the amio and coreg. So far the Mexitil has worked very good with no side affects.

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Comment from: SA Tarlov 45-54 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: June 02

I have been prescribed Mexitil for chronic pain associated with my Tarlov Cyst. This drug has helped me control my pain and somewhat lead a more normal life. I only feel my pain when I overdo things. I have not had any side effects as yet, but I am concerned about my long term use of this drug. I am happy with the drug otherwise.

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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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