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Recainam dose titration and pharmacokinetics in patients with resistant arrhythmias.

Recainam, a new antiarrhythmic drug, was evaluated in 20 patients with drug-resistant stable ventricular arrhythmias. Dosage was increased stepwise every 48 to 72 hours until arrhythmia suppression, side effects, or a predetermined maximal dosage occurred. After a pharmacokinetic evaluation, efficacy was confirmed in a double-blind, crossover protocol. One patient had unusable ambulatory ECG data. There were 14 of 19 patients who responded during dose titration; efficacy was confirmed in 11 of 14. The mean effective dosage and trough plasma concentration were 427 mg every 8 hours and 1.83 micrograms/ml, respectively. One patient withdrew because of nausea. Slowing of intraventricular conduction necessitated dosage reduction in two patients. Plasma half-life was 9.4 +/- 4.1 hours, with renal elimination accounting for 62% of oral clearance. However, 66% of the variability in oral drug clearance was the result of nonrenal elimination. Oral recainam at dosages of 300 to 600 mg every 8 hours is effective in some drug-resistant ventricular arrhythmias and is well tolerated.[1]


  1. Recainam dose titration and pharmacokinetics in patients with resistant arrhythmias. Davies, R.F., Lineberry, M.D., Funck-Brentano, C., Echt, D.S., Lee, J.T., Capuzzi, D.M., Roden, D.M., Woosley, R.L. Clin. Pharmacol. Ther. (1989) [Pubmed]
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