Survival in a case of life-threatening flecainide overdose.Intensive Care Med. 1998 Jul; 24(7):740-2.IC
Flecainide acetate is a potent class Ic anti-arrhythmic drug with major sodium channel blocking actions. On the surface electrocardiogram this results in QTc interval prolongation. Overdose with class Ic drugs (< 0.1% of total intoxications) is uncommon, but management is difficult and the mortality high . Serious flecainide overdose is characterised by ventricular tachyarrhythmias, severe bradycardia and variable degrees of atrioventricular block. This report describes a case of life-threatening flecainide overdose in a previously fit individual, resulting in a combination of cardiac disturbances. The treatment options and management are discussed.