Propafenone is a drug used in the treatment of arrhythmias, that is to say, irregularities in the beating of the heart. The drug may be used to treat conditions such as atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Propafenone is generally used when other antiarrhythmic drugs have failed. Common side effects associated with propafenone include dizziness, headache, taste disturbances and fatigue.
Propafenone (Rythmol) is a class 1 C antiarrhythmic medication which works by stabilizing the action of the heart as well as regulating the heartbeat. It blocks the activity of electrical signals in the heart that may cause an irregular heartbeat.
Propafenone is mainly used in maintaining a regular and stable heartbeat especially in patients who have certain types of irregular heartbeat such as atrial fibrillation and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. This treatment may decrease the risk of blood clots thus reducing the risk of heart attack.
Propafenone may cause some needed side effects as well as unwanted side effects. Some of the common side effects include; weight gain, chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, change in taste and blurred vision. In the event that these side effects occur seek medical attention immediately.