Apo-Procainamide; Procainamide Hydrochloride Injection, USP; Procan SR
- Long-term use of procainamide may cause lupus, a disease that causes irritation to joints and other parts of the body. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug is only to be used to treat life-threatening abnormal heartbeats. It may cause very bad and sometimes deadly side effects. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may lower the ability of the bone marrow to make blood cells that the body needs. This can lead to very bad and sometimes deadly bleeding problems or infections. Tell the doctor right away if your child has signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat; any bruising or bleeding; or if your child feels very tired or weak.
- Tell the doctor if your child has ever had any bone marrow or blood problems.
- It is used to treat heartbeats that are not normal.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has heart problems.
- If your child has lupus.
- If your child is taking any drugs that can cause a certain type of heartbeat that is not normal (prolonged QT interval). There are many drugs that can do this. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Have your child’s blood pressure checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Your child will need an ECG before starting this drug and during treatment. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure the doctor and lab workers know your child takes this drug.
- Your child may bleed more easily. Make sure your child is careful and avoids injury. Be sure your child has a soft toothbrush.
- Your child may have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
- If your child is allergic to sulfites, talk with your child’s doctor. Some products have sulfites in them.
- Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Chest pain.
- Low mood (depression).
- Mood changes.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Joint pain or swelling.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Fast or slow heartbeat.
- A new or worse heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Muscle pain or weakness.
- Shortness of breath.
- Irritation or swelling where the shot was given.
- Pain where the shot was given.
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to your child in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call
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