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Available by prescription only, mexiletine is used to control the heart rhythm in people who have a potentially life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia. Possible side effects include lightheadedness and shakiness, among others. This medicine is only available as a generic and comes as a capsule that is taken every 8 or 12 hours. It works by slowing down electrical signals in the heart, helping to stabilize the heart rhythm.
What Is Mexiletine?Mexiletine (Mexitil®) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias). This drug is specifically designed to treat life-threatening irregular heartbeats known as ventricular arrhythmias. It belongs to a class of medications called antiarrhythmics.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, mexiletine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects
- Shakiness (tremors).