moricizine - oral, Ethmozine (cont.)

HOW TO USE: This medication is usually started at a low dose in the hospital so that your doctor can determine the best dose, increase it gradually as needed, and monitor you closely for side effects.Take this medication by mouth usually 2-3 times daily, but take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your kidney/liver function, medical condition, and response to therapy.This medication works best when the amount of drug in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Do not take more or less of this drug than prescribed or stop taking it (or other heart medicines) even for a short time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Skipping or changing your dose without approval from your doctor may cause your abnormal heartbeat to return. Do not run out of this medication. Order your refills several days early to avoid running out of pills.Contact your doctor immediately and seek emergency medical attention (e.g., call 911, have someone else drive you to a hospital emergency room) if your condition persists or worsens.

SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Nausea, dizziness, headache, tiredness, briefly pounding heartbeat (palpitations), and shortness of breath may occur. Less common side effects may include stomach pain, heartburn, vomiting, sweating, muscle/joint aches, diarrhea, dry mouth, sleeping problems, and blurred vision. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: worsening of heart failure symptoms (e.g., ankle/leg swelling, increased tiredness, increased shortness of breath when lying down), mental/mood changes (e.g., nervousness), tingling/numbness of hands/feet, decreased sense of touch, difficulty urinating.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: fever, easy bleeding/bruising, signs of liver problems (e.g., persistent nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe tiredness).Seek immediate medical attention if this rare but very serious side effect occurs: chest pain, fainting, sudden change in heartbeat (faster/more irregular).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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