Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of this medicine, and do not take it more often than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

For patients taking the extended-release capsules:

  • Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush, break, or chew them.
  • This medicine may be taken with or without food.

This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses. Also, it is best to take each dose at evenly spaced times day and night. For example, if you are to take 3 doses a day, doses should be spaced about 8 hours apart. If you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, check with your doctor.

Your doctor may want you to carry a medical identification card or bracelet stating that you are using this medicine.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • The number of extended-release capsules or tablets that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.
  • For atrial fibrillation (AF):
    • For oral dosage form (extended-release capsules):
      • Adults—At first, 225 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 425 mg every 12 hours.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For oral dosage form (tablets):
      • Adults—150 milligrams (mg) every 8 hours. Your doctor may increase your dose if needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.