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Comparison of the antiarrhythmic activity of mexiletine and lorcainide on ventricular arrhythmias


Comparison of the antiarrhythmic activity of mexiletine and lorcainide on ventricular arrhythmias



Zeitschrift für Kardiologie 71(1): 35-38



ISSN/ISBN: 0300-5860

PMID: 7039160

In a blind cross-over study, 12 patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VPC's; Lown Grades II-IVB) resistant to a daily dose of quinidine 1.2 g, disopyramide 0.8 g, N-propyl-ajmaline 0.1 g were randomly given, each dose for one week, placebo (PL), mexiletine (MEX; 400, 600, 800 mg daily) and lorcainide (LOR; 200, 300, 400 mg daily). On the last day of each treatment period, patients were evaluated by 24-h continuous ambulatory monitoring, 6-channel surface ECG, plasma concentrations and side-effects. During PL I (before) and PL II (after drug treatment), the mean number of VPCs per hour was 670 and 701. VPCs were reduced in 5 of the 12 patients with MEX by 43% (400 mg), 74% (600 mg) and 91% (800 mg). VPCs were reduced in 10 patients with LOR by 60% (200 mg), 78% (300 mg) and 93% (400 mg). Log. lin. plasma conc. effect relationships were constructed for MEX and LOR. Vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain were seen in 2 patients with MEX; insomnia and feeling heat in 10 patients with LOR. At the end of the LOR-treatment, these side-effects were less in 5 and absent in 5 patients. In this study, LOR seems superior to MEX in refractory ventricular arrhythmias.

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