Get off to a good start with MULTAQ
MULTAQ can help you have more days without atrial fibrillation (AFib) episodes because it helps keep the heart beating in a regular, steady rhythm.
MULTAQ is the only prescription medicine of its kind that can help lower your chance of going into the hospital for AFib.
If you’ve been prescribed MULTAQ, it’s because your doctor believes it can be a critical part of your overall AFib treatment plan. But remember: it’s important to learn as much as you can about the medication.
How to take MULTAQ
Take MULTAQ twice a day with meals. Taking MULTAQ with food can ensure an effective dose. Ideally, you should take MULTAQ with both:
- Breakfast (eg, fruit and oatmeal or eggs)
- Dinner (eg, protein and vegetable)
- Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking MULTAQ. It can increase the amount of MULTAQ in your blood and increase the likelihood you will have side effects.
- If you miss a dose, do not take two doses at the same time. Instead, wait and take your next dose at your regular time.
- Some medications may interact with MULTAQ and prevent it from working the way it should. Everyone responds to medication differently. Download this form to create a list of all the medications you are currently taking (including vitamins and herbal remedies). Let all your doctors know about any new medications you are taking, and especially any new side effects you may be experiencing.
What to expect when taking MULTAQ
- MULTAQ may take up to a week to build up in your system. During that time, you may wonder if MULTAQ is working. Keep taking MULTAQ as prescribed. And talk to your doctor if you have specific questions.
- You may still have episodes even while taking MULTAQ. This doesn’t mean MULTAQ is not working. When taking MULTAQ, you can go more days without having an atrial fibrillation (AFib) episode, and it can reduce the risk that AFib will put you in the hospital.
- Even if you’ve been better for a long time, it doesn’t mean you no longer have AFib. AFib is a chronic disease and cannot be cured.
- Call your doctor right away if you notice your pulse is irregular. This may be a sign that you are in AFib.
- Always talk to your doctor if you experience symptoms that concern you. That way, your doctor can determine if further follow-up is necessary.
- Do not take MULTAQ if you have severe heart failure or if the symptoms have recently worsened. People with these conditions who take MULTAQ have an increased chance of dying
- Do not take MULTAQ if you have a type of AFib called permanent AFib. This is when your heart’s rhythm is abnormal and does not return to normal rhythm, even with medical treatment
- You should not take MULTAQ if you are in AFib and your doctor is not planning to change you back into normal rhythm
- MULTAQ may cause liver problems, including life-threatening liver failure
Common side effects
When taking MULTAQ you may experience:
- Pain in the stomach area
- Indigestion when you begin taking MULTAQ
Additional side effects may include:
- Feeling tired and weak
- Skin problems such as redness, rash, and itching