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Norpace, called Rythmodan in Canada, is prescribed as an anti-arrhythmic drug for people with a serious and life threatening irregular heartbeat called ventricular tachycardia (V-tach). This is an abnormal heartbeat that indicates an underlying cardiac crisis. It is possible for V-tach to occur after a previous heart attack, as a result of a congenital heart defect, or due to myocarditis.
Your heart depends on exact electrical signals in order for it to contract and pump blood around your body. These electrical signals are controlled by the movement of sodium, which is tightly regulated. Irregular heartbeats can occur if there has been any disturbance to the electrical activity and can affect the heart’s pumping action so your blood circulation becomes inefficient.
Norpace or generic Disopyramide works as a sodium channel blocker that can weaken the conduction of sodium ions through their channels and stop the irregular heartbeats. The action of Norpace reduces the risk of blood clots and decreases the threat of a heart attack or stroke. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
A heart that beats too slowly is called bradycardia, and too rapidly is tachycardia. Ventricular tachycardia occurs in the left or right bottom chamber called ventricles. These two chambers collect blood sent from a top chamber called the atrium, and while the right ventricle pumps blood to your lungs, the left ventricle is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body.
If there is a problem with the electrical signals in your heart, there is an even bigger problem trying to send blood out to the designated areas. This can cause you to faint, become dizzy, experience chest pain and a shortness of breath. For some individuals, V-tach corrects itself in as little as thirty seconds, while others may need medical help. Norpace immediate release can help alleviate these occurrences and set the electrical signal straight.
Disclose other health conditions you have to your doctor, especially those that involve your heart. Go over any OTC medications and Rx drugs you are taking and include vitamin supplements and naturopathic remedies to avoid possible negative interactions with Norpace. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding so it can be determined if Norpace is safe for you to take.
Norpace may potentially cause drowsiness, so you should not drive, operate machinery, or participate in any activities until you know for certain how this drug will affect you. Do not start any new meds or change any dosages without first consulting with your doctor. Keep all drugs out of children’s reach and never share these with others.