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Norpace CR and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Norpace CR has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from Norpace CR, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of this medication. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.
What is the most important information I should know about Norpace CR (disopyramide)?
You should not use disopyramide if you have long QT syndrome, or a serious heart condition such as "AV block" (unless you have a pacemaker).
Do not use disopyramide to treat any heart rhythm disorder that has not been checked and diagnosed by your doctor.
How should I take Norpace CR (disopyramide)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting to quickly treat any serious side effects that occur.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
Your heart function may need to be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).
Do not skip doses or change your dosing schedule without your doctor's advice. Sudden changes in the way you take disopyramide can make your condition worse.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What should I avoid while taking Norpace CR (disopyramide)?
This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of disopyramide.
Uses of Norpace CR
- It is used to treat certain types of abnormal heartbeats.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Norpace CR?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Sometimes, Norpace CR will need to be started in a hospital where you will be closely watched. Talk with your doctor.
- This medicine may cause or make heart failure worse. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
- This medicine interacts with many other drugs. The chance of this medicine's side effects may be raised or how well Norpace CR works may be lowered. The chance of the other drugs' side effects may also be raised. This may include very bad, life-threatening, or deadly side effects. Check with your doctor and pharmacist to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your other drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins).
- If you are 65 or older, use Norpace CR with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
If OVERDOSE is suspected
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.