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article imagePfizer recalls antidepressants after pharmacist finds heart drug

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Mar 13, 2014 in Health
A pharmacist found that a bottle of antidepressant Effexor XR contained one capsule of Tikosyn 0.25 milligram (dofetilide), which is used to treat heart rhythm disorders.
Taking Tikosyn unknowingly could be fatal.
The recall is for:
one lot of Pfizer's 30-count Effexor XR 150-milligram extended-release capsules
one lot of 90-count Effexor XR 150-milligram extended-release capsules
Both belong to drug lot numbers V130142 and V130140 and have an expiration date of October 2015
lot number V130014 of 90-count Greenstone venlafaxine HC1 150-milligram extended-release capsules, which has an expiration date of August 2015.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises pharmacists to stop sales of the recalled lots of the drugs and to notify consumers who have been sold the drugs. Patients with the said medicines should contact their doctor.
Pfizer stated that patients prescribed Effexor XR/Venlafaxine HCl who may have mistakenly taken a Tikosyn capsule should contact their doctor or a hospital, monitor themselves for signs of abnormal heartbeat, and seek medical help if they feel faint, become dizzy, or have a fast heartbeat.
Consumers may call Pfizer at 1-800-438-1985, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET or Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, for additional recall information.
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