Tykosin vs. Tambocor

Are Tykosin and Tambocor the Same Thing?

Tikosyn (dofetilide) and flecainide are antiarrhythmic drugs used to help keep the heart beating normally in people with certain heart rhythm disorders of the atrium (the upper chambers of the heart). Tikosyn and flecainide are used in people with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter.

Flecainide is also used in certain situations to prevent serious heart rhythm disorders including irregular heartbeat (such as persistent ventricular tachycardia and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia).

A brand name for flecainide is Tambocor.

Side effects of Tikosyn and flecainide that are similar include headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

Side effects of Tikosyn that are different from flecainide include sleep problems (insomnia), back pain, skin rash, and cold symptoms (such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat).

Side effects of flecainide that are different from Tikosyn include vision problems (such as blurred vision, problems focusing, seeing spots), shortness of breath, vomiting, constipation, tremor or shaking, tiredness, weakness, anxiety, depression, and numbness or tingling.

Both Tikosyn and flecainide may interact with diuretics (water pills) and other heart rhythm medicines.

Tikosyn may also interact with HIV/AIDS medicines, drugs that can affect heart rhythm, narcotics, antibiotics, antidepressants, and medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

Flecainide may also interact with cimetidine, digoxin, seizure medications, and beta-blockers.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tykosin?

Common side effects of Tykosin include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach pain,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • back pain,
  • skin rash, or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have rare but serious side effects of Tikosyn including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tambocor?

Common side effects of Tambocor include:

  • dizziness,
  • vision problems (such as blurred vision, problems focusing, seeing spots),
  • shortness of breath,
  • headache,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • tremor or shaking,
  • tiredness,
  • weakness,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • numbness or
  • tingling.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Tambocor including new or worsening symptoms of heart failure (such as ankle/leg swelling, increased tiredness, or increased shortness of breath when lying down).

What Is Tykosin?

Tikosyn (sotalol) is an antiarrhythmic agent used for treating ventricular arrhythmias.

What Is Tambocor?

Tambocor is an antiarrhythmic prescribed in certain situations to prevent serious heart rhythm disorders including irregular heartbeat (such as persistent ventricular tachycardia and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia). Tambocor is also used to prevent certain types of irregular heartbeat from returning (such as atrial fibrillation). Tambocor is available in generic form.

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What Drugs Interact With Tykosin?

Tikosyn may interact with diuretics (water pills), HIV/AIDS medicine, drugs that can affect heart rhythm, narcotics, antibiotics, antidepressants, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, or heart rhythm medicine. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking.

What Drugs Interact With Tambocor?

Tambocor may have adverse interactions with many other medications. Interactions may occur with cimetidine, digoxin, diuretics, seizure medications, beta blockers, other heart rhythm medications, and other drugs.

How Should Tykosin Be Taken?

The usual recommended dose of Tikosyn is 500 mcg twice daily. When starting, restarting, or increasing the dose, you will need to stay in the hospital for at least 3 days for monitoring.

How Should Tambocor Be Taken?

The first few doses of Tambocor are administered in a hospital setting in case the medication causes serious side effects. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking.

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References

Pfizer. Tikosyn Prescribing Information.

https://www.tikosyn.com/


FDA. Tambocor Product Information.

https://docs.boehringer-ingelheim.com/Prescribing%20Information/PIs/Roxane/Flecainide%20Acetate/Flecainide%20Acetate%20Tablets.pdf

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