moricizine - oral, Ethmozine (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking moricizine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain heart rhythm problems (second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), a certain heart rhythm problem if you do not have a pacemaker (right bundle-branch block with left hemiblock), shock due to the heart not pumping well (e.g., very low blood pressure and loss of consciousness).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: recent heart attack (within the last 2 years), chest pain (angina), enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), high blood potassium, certain slow/irregular heartbeats (sick sinus syndrome), liver problems, kidney problems, a heart pacemaker.Moricizine may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can infrequently result in serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that require immediate medical attention. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may affect the heart rhythm (see also Drug Interactions section). Before using moricizine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using moricizine safely.Contact your doctor immediately if you develop other illnesses/conditions such as prolonged or large quantities of diarrhea, excessive sweating, vomiting, prolonged loss of appetite or desire to drink water. These conditions could cause you to have serious changes in blood minerals leading to increased side effects from moricizine.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially dizziness.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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