I had a cardioversion for AFib a couple of months ago and was started on flecainide (150 mg 2x/day). I got a constant, loud, buzzing sound in both ears within a day or two. The dosage was later reduced to 100 mg 2x/day but the tinnitus continued. Last week, my doctor suggested I stop the regular daily dosage of flecainide and replace it with a "pill in the pocket." I still have the tinnitus, which makes sleep difficult. Does anyone know how long it takes, after flecainide is stopped, for the tinnitus to stop?
Flecainide and tinnitus: I had a... - AF Association
Yes, I'm taking eliquis. In fact, the reason I was able to do the "trial" of stopping the flecainide and using it on a PIP basis was because I started the eliquis several months prior to the cardioversion and am still on it. I've had no side effects that I know of from the eliquis. It was not until a day or two after the cardioversion and start of the flecainide that I got the loud buzzing in my ears. I realize there are a number of possible causes of tinnitus - old age, stress, inner ear-related problems, etc. But the timing of when I got it makes me think it may be related to the cardioversion and/or the flecainide. If the tinnnitus eventually goes away, that may point to the flecainide as the cause. But if it continues, that would suggest some other cause.
I started with tinnitus long before I was diagnosed with paf so not sure if it is connected with it. I take flecainide also but again after the paf started. It could be due to the condition but then I have suffered with it for several years before paf so maybe it's down to old age. Just remember getting old is better than the alternative.