What is this medicine?
PROCAINAMIDE (proe kane A mide) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. This medicine is used for heartbeat problems that may be life threatening.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in behavior, mood, or mental ability including mental depression
chest pain, palpitations
dark yellow or brown urine
feeling faint or lightheaded
fever, chills, or sore throat
irregular or fast heartbeat
joint or muscle pain
swelling of feet or legs
tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
unusual bruising, bleeding, or pinpoint red spots on the skin
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain macrolide antibiotics
certain quinolone antibiotics
medicines for malaria like chloroquine and halofantrine
medicines for mental depression such as tricyclic antidepressants
other medicines to control heart rhythm
phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, and thioridazine
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
anemia or blood disease
heart disease or previous heart attack
immune system problems, like lupus
low blood pressure
an unusual or allergic reaction to procainamide, procaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more dizzy, increase flushing and rapid heartbeats. Avoid alcoholic drinks.