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Amiodarone

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: November 30, 2019

Amiodarone regulates the beating of the heart, thus it is known as an anti-arrhythmic. The medicine is generally prescribed to patients who suffer from disorders related to the heart rhythm, such as, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. The drug is mostly used only if the rhythm disorder is life threatening.

The drug can result in serious allergic reactions. Thus make sure you are not allergic to iodine or any other component present in the drug. Patients suffering from AV blockage or those who have a slow heartbeat, also cannot be prescribed Amiodarone as it can seriously affect the heart.

The drug has to be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. This is primarily because misuse or even over dosage of Amiodarone can result in severe damage to the heart, lungs, liver as well as to the thyroid glands of the body. The most common side effects of Amiodarone include blurry vision, hypersensitivity, pulmonary toxicity, photo-toxicity and the appearance of halos. Other less common side effects that you may experience are shortness of breath, weakness, cough, dizziness and a numb sensation in the finger as well as toes of the body. Very rarely will you experience a rash or paleness of the skin because of Amiodarone. If you do have symptoms of any major side effects of using Amiodarone, contact your medical practitioner and seek his help.

While you are taking the drug make sure you avoid the intake of grape fruit juice or related products. It is also likely that you will develop sensitivity to sunlight, so try not go out when the sun is very bright. If you have to go out in the sun, use sunscreen and make sure you have a hat and goggles on. Patients taking Amiodarone cannot undergo corneal laser eye surgery.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Cardiologist before using this medicine.
  • Arrhythmia

  • Allergy

    Not recommended in patients allergic to Amiodarone
  • Cardiogenic Shock

    Not recommended in patients with cardiogenic shock
  • Heart Block Greater Than First Degree

    Not recommended in patients with second or third-degree atrioventricular block.
  • Sinus Bradycardia

    Not recommended in patients with sinus bradycardia
  • Nausea

  • Constipation

  • Slow Heart Rate

  • Increased Liver Enzymes

  • Altered Taste

  • Increased Level Of Thyroid Hormones

  • Corneal Microdeposits

  • Photosensitivity

  • Decreased Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

  • Tremor

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Eczema

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Amiodarone is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Amiodarone is usafe to use during lactation. \nData suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby, or the mother is suffering from a condition in which breast feeding is not advisable.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Amiodarone may cause blurring of your vision for a short time just after its use. Do not drive until your vision is clear.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Amiodarone is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Amiodarone is recommended.
    However, inform your doctor if you have an underlying kidney disease.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    Amiodarone is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Amiodarone may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Amiodarone, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.\n
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Below is the list of medicines, which contains Amiodarone as ingredient

This medicine belongs to the class of an antianginal and antiarrhythmic that blocks the myocardial potassium, calcium, and sodium pathways in cardiac tissues. This protracts the refractory period and the cardiac action potential. It also acts as alpha- and beta-adrenergic receptor inhibitor that reduces sympathetic stimulation of the heart and myocardial oxygen demands.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

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