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I've just started taking amiodarone for atrial fib.. I was cardioverted back to rhythm and now i'm out again. Is it wise to discontinue the ami?

I've just started taking amiodarone for atrial fib.. I was cardioverted back to rhythm and now i'm out again. Is it wise to discontinue the ami?

Amiodarone: Amiodarone is one of the most effective antiarrhythmics in cardiology. It stays in your system up to 12 weeks. Please do not discontinue amiodarone or any other medication without speaking to your doctor. Even though you are back in afib the amiodarone is holding your rate lower than if you were not taking it. ...Read more

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Amiodarone (Definition)

Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic. It is a medication used to normalize the heart rhythm and prevent ...Read more


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Is using flecanide with amiodarone effective incase of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refractory to amiodarone 200 mg alone,what doses should be used?

Is using flecanide with amiodarone effective incase of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refractory to amiodarone 200 mg alone,what doses should be used?

Zero guarantees. All: the Type 1 antiarrhythmic agents, as documented in the CAST Trial & analysis of other trials, neither work for most individuals (CAST Trial selected out the minorities for which these agents did decrease arrhythmias by Holter) increased mortality event rates. These agents promoted for symptoms, not health. Focus on underlying issues wiser. See: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/689879. ...Read more

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What is the loading oral dose cordarone (amiodarone) In old patient with atrial fibrillation returned to sinus rhythm and how to reduce its side effect?

What is the loading oral dose cordarone (amiodarone)  
In old patient with atrial fibrillation returned to sinus rhythm and how to reduce its side effect?

Amiodarone: There are a number of schemes to load but to obtain levels one uses 800 mg for 5 day, 600 mg for 5 days, and 400 mg maintenance for 3-6 months and then attempt to lower dose to 200 mg daily. Side effects are followed by monitoring thyroid , chest X-ray and liver function as well as sun screen ...Read more

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How should I go off of amiodarone?

How should I go off of amiodarone?

Quickly.: If you have been recommended to stop amiodarone, there is no need for a "wean" or for a taper. You can stop the drug suddenly. It has a very long half-life, so will be in your system even months after you stop taking the pills. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: amiodarone?

Please describe the medication: amiodarone?

Anti-arrthymic med: Amiodarone is a medication used to suppress extra heartbeats and maintain a normal regular heart rhythm .It is used most frequently in a low dose to prevent episodes of atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm that can lead to strokes. It can also be used in higher doses to prevent ventricular extra beats.Amiodarone can have many potential side effects and must be used by an experienced cardiologist. ...Read more

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What are your experiences with amiodarone ?

It is an : Effective drug in the right patient. It can be useful to treat atrial and ventricular arrythmias. It is no without side effects and patients need to be closely followed by the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Which are the safer alternatives to Amiodarone?

Which are the safer alternatives to Amiodarone?

All the same: All drugs in this group called class lll antiarhytmics including amiodarone have potentially serious side effects that can be life threatening. Amiodarone compared to others have in addition side effects that affect the thyroid ,lungs, liver etc. It is best to discuss thoroughly the other drugs (sotalol,Ibutilide,etc) with cardiologist experienced in using these drugs ...Read more

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Does cordarone(amiodarone) cause blackouts?

Does cordarone(amiodarone) cause blackouts?

Probably Not: That would seem unlikely. It is probably more likely that whatever rhythm disturbance you are taking amiodarone for is causing the blackouts. You should talk to your doctor about this, it could potentially be quite dangerous. ...Read more

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Does cordarone (amiodarone) have side effects?

Does cordarone (amiodarone) have side effects?

Yes: All meds have potential side effects. A few of the side effects that Cordarone (amiodarone) can cause include causing the thyroid to be overactive or underactive. It can also lead to pulmonary fibrosis, a potentially serious lung disease that can lead to permanent scarring of the lung. Cordarone (amiodarone) can cause severe slowing of the heart rate and rhythm, and it can also cause constipation. ...Read more