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BRETYLIUM (Bretylol®) is an antiarrhythmic agent. Bretylium can help to correct a dangerously fast heartbeat (tachycardia) in emergency or critical care situations.
NOTE: This drug is discontinued in the United States.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
other heart problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to bretylium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Bretylium is for injection into a muscle or injection or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
This does not apply.
certain antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, gatifloxacin, grepafloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, sparfloxacin)
medicines for colds or breathing difficulties (including asthma)
medicines for mental depression such as tricyclic antidepressants
medicines for mental problems or psychotic disturbances
medicines to control heart rhythm
some medicines for weight control or dieting
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
You may get dizzy; to avoid a sudden drop in blood pressure and fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older person, until you know how bretylium affects you.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness
slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused injection solution.