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Amiodarone

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Cordarone®;Nexterone®;Pacerone®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Amiodarone Hydrochloride Injection;Apo-Amiodarone®;Cordarone®;Dom-Amiodarone;Mylan-Amiodarone;Novo-Amiodarone;PHL-Amiodarone;PMS-Amiodarone;PRO-Amiodarone;ratio-Amiodarone;Riva-Amiodarone;Sandoz-Amiodarone;Teva-Amiodarone
    • Mexican Brand Names: Braxan;Coedarone;Forken;Keritmon
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class III

    Uses
    • It is used to treat a fast heartbeat.
    • Amiodarone lowers the effects of chemicals on the heart. It slows the heart down.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Take with or without food. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug is to treat unsafe fast heartbeats only. It may cause risky side effects. Amiodarone may cause lung, thyroid, or liver problems. You will be closely watched when starting this drug.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to amiodarone, iodine, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • If you have thyroid disease, talk with your doctor.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Use birth control that you can trust during care and for some time after care ends.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Sunburn.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Cough that does not go away.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Not able to handle heat or cold.
    • Shakiness, trouble moving around, or stiffness.
    • A big weight loss.
    • A big weight gain.
    • Hair thinning.
    • Neck swelling.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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