Amiodarone (By mouth)
Treats heart rhythm problems.
Antiarrhythmic, Group III (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Amiodarone is used to treat life-threatening heart rhythm problems called ventricular arrhythmias. This medicine is used in patients who have already been treated with other medicines that did not work.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
Take this medicine the same way every day. This means take it at the same time and take it consistently with or without food.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some foods and medicines can affect how amiodarone works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Cimetidine, clopidogrel, cyclosporine, dabigatran, dextromethorphan, digoxin, fentanyl, lithium, loratadine, phenytoin, rifampin, St John’s wort Blood pressure medicines (including diltiazem, verapamil) Blood thinner (including warfarin) Medicine to lower cholesterol (including atorvastatin, cholestyramine, lovastatin, simvastatin) Medicine to treat depression (including trazodone) Medicine to treat HIV/AIDS Medicine to treat an infection Phenothiazine medicine (including chlorpromazine, perphenazine, promethazine, thioridazine)
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
When Not To Use
It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you have liver problems, heart disease, heart failure, thyroid problems, or lung disease or breathing problems. Tell your doctor if you have a pacemaker or another implanted heart device.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Lung problems Worsening heart rhythm problems Thyroid problems Liver problems Changes in vision
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Chest pain, cough, trouble breathing
Fast, slow, pounding, or uneven heartbeat (new or worsening)
Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild nausea, vomiting, or constipation
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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