Flecainide single oral dose for management of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in children and young adults

Am Heart J. 1992 Jul;124(1):110-5. doi: 10.1016/0002-8703(92)90927-n.


The efficacy of a single oral dose of flecainide to terminate paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) was evaluated in 25 children and young adults. The subjects were selected from a group of 35 patients with recurrent attacks of PSVT evaluated by means of electrophysiologic study and intravenous electropharmacologic testing with flecainide. In all 25 patients the induced PSVT was stopped by intravenous flecainide and was then no longer inducible or nonsustained. All patients had normal hearts. At least 48 hours after acute intravenous testing, 25 patients underwent electrophysiologic study with a transesophageal catheter and PSVT was induced in all of them: atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia in 16 and atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in nine. During stable tachycardia, a single oral dose of flecainide (2.9 +/- 0.3 mg/kg; 2.5 to 3.3 mg/kg) was administered. This approach was effective for termination of PSVT in 22 patients. The mean plasma level of flecainide at cessation of tachycardia was 277 +/- 92 ng/ml (150 to 500 mg/ml). All 22 patients who responded were given a single oral dose of flecainide for recurrences of PSVT during follow-up. During a period of 12 +/- 7 months (2 to 27 months) a total of 134 spontaneous episodes of PSVT were reported, and 127 of these episodes were terminated with periodic management. Thus oral periodic flecainide seems useful for management of PSVT in selected patients.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adolescent
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
  • Child
  • Female
  • Flecainide / administration & dosage
  • Flecainide / therapeutic use*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tachycardia, Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry / diagnosis
  • Tachycardia, Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry / drug therapy*
  • Tachycardia, Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry / epidemiology
  • Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / diagnosis
  • Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / drug therapy*
  • Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / epidemiology
  • Time Factors


  • Flecainide