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Dr. James Krick
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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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Have read amiodarone toxic side effects. Is it a good long term treatment for afib?

Have read amiodarone toxic side effects. Is it a good long term treatment for afib?

See below: Amiodarone does work well for afib. There is a risk, just like anything, to taking it. It can cause pulmonary and thyroid toxicity. If you take it, try to get on the lowest dose that's effect and between you and your physician, monitor for signs of toxicity. ...Read more

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I get irregular heart beats many times in a day for the past 3 months. My cardiologist has prescribed cordarone (amiodarone) 100mg once a day. Symptoms still persist?

I get irregular heart beats many times in a day for the past 3 months. My cardiologist has prescribed cordarone (amiodarone) 100mg once a day. Symptoms still persist?

Talk to your MD: Make an appointment to talk to your cardiologist. Tell him/her that you are still having symptoms despite the medication. It may need to be adjusted or change to a different med. ...Read more

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Am taking sotalol , amiodarone &. Sertraline . Symptoms : low BP . Low pulse . Sometimes shortness of breath . Weak?

Am taking sotalol , amiodarone &.  Sertraline . 

Symptoms : low BP . Low pulse . Sometimes shortness of breath . Weak?

Adverse effects: Significant QT prolongation. Symptoms need immediate evaluation may indicate torsade de pointes, eletrolyte abnormalities. Combination of multiple drugs that prolong QT interval is not advisable. Needto check magnessium and potassuim levels. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me if the drug pacerone (amiodarone) is available in the u.S.?

Can anyone tell me if the drug pacerone (amiodarone) is available in the u.S.?

PACERONE (amiodarone): Yes it is available under generic name of amiodarone by doctors order by prescription only. It is also available as pacerone, brand name. ...Read more

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How does amiodarone work?

How does amiodarone work?

Multiple effects: Amiodarone is primarily a class iii anti-arrhythmic agent. It prolongs the depolarization phase of cardiac muscle--the muscle takes longer to reset after contraction, slowing down the heart rate. Amiodarone also acts on sodium & potassium channels to delay conduction of the action potential through the sa & av nodes. ...Read more

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How does amiodarone first work?

How does amiodarone first work?

Beta blocker: The first effect of amiodarone, seen in the first hours or days is the betablocking properties, slowing the heart rate. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to amiodarone?

What are some alternatives to amiodarone?

Slow Down There: Antiarrhythmics are, as a rule, complicated drugs with a lot of side effects and a ton of potential contraindications. They are not easily interchangeable. At the very least a cardiologist and better still an electrophysiologist should help you decide which are eligible for you specifically. That said, dofetilide, sotalol, flecainide, propafenone, verapamil and dronedarone are some freq. Choices. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amiodarone?

What is the definition or description of: amiodarone?

Antiarrhythmic: Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic. It is a medication used to normalize the heart rhythm and prevent abnormal rhythms to occur. ...Read more

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Does Amiodarone cause gastritis?

Does Amiodarone cause gastritis?

Amiodarone: Nausea, vomiting and pancreatitis are listed as adverse reactions to this medication. ...Read more

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How does amiodarone affect patients?

Differently: Amiodarone is a medication with many known side effects, many of which are rare. It can help treat life threatening arrhythmias and is an imprortant medication. Most people tolerate it just fine but there can be side effects affecting the thyroid, lungs, liver, and skin which at times can be irreversible. Treatment with this medication requires careful monitoring. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of amiodarone?

What are the side effects of amiodarone?

Multiple: Amiodarobe is a very effective anti arrhythmic drug, but unfortunately has lots of side effects when used for long term (years). It can affect the lungs, thyroid, liver, eyes and skin. Usually twice a year blood tests and yearly chest x-ray can detect these side effects before they become clinically manifest. Most importantly, almost all the side effects disappear once the medication is stopped. ...Read more

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Who should not take Cordarone (amiodarone)?

Not a good question: Difficult to answer a negative question.
Better question is : When should cordarone (amiodarone) be prescribed to patients: Cordarone (amiodarone) should only be given to people who need it and only under supervision of cardiologist or qualified internist ...Read more

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What is more effective, lidocaine or amiodarone?

What is more effective, lidocaine or amiodarone?

Depends: I am assuming you are referring to the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. Both can be effect in the treatment of acute ventricular arrhythmias, however Lidocaine is not used for prolonged therapy. ...Read more

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Can anyone comment on the drug pacerone (amiodarone)?

PACERONE (amiodarone): Yes it is available under generic name of amiodarone by doctors order by prescription only. It is also available as pacerone, brand name. It is used to treat and prevent ventrcular tachycardia which is a serious and life threatening arrythmia. ...Read more

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Can i get off amiodarone suddenly, i hve pneumonitis?

Can i get off amiodarone suddenly, i hve pneumonitis?

Cardiologist: Check with your cardiologist who knows the reason you're taking amiodarone. I believe it can be abruptly discontinued in most cases where another appropriate or effective antiarrythmic medication can be given. Since it can cause lung damage I'm sure your cardiologist will want the amiodarone discontinued. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for cordarone (amiodarone) to get of system?

Depends: It depends on how much you were taking and how long you've been taking it. Assuming you're in steady state with a common dose like 200 mg a day, it will take 3-4 weeks for its clinical effect to wear off with levels detectable, if measured, for >6 months. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects if you're taking amiodarone and maybe at the most having 4 beers aweek?

Is there any side effects if you're taking amiodarone and maybe at the most having 4 beers aweek?

Amiodarone: Alcohol can cause arrhythmias. Discuss side effects with your prescribing physician and your pharmacist. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to amiodarone for a-fib?

Options: Many treatment options are available, including: medications (beta blockers, digoxin, calcium channel blockers, sodium channel blockers), electrical cardioversion, a-v node ablation & pacemaker placement, radio frequency catheter ablation, surgical maze procedure... Also, it's common to be on a blood thinner to reduce the risk of stroke. Your doctor will help decide the best choice for you. ...Read more

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How often do you have to have y. thiroid function checked while taking Amiodarone? What about liver?

How often do you have to have y. thiroid function checked while taking Amiodarone?  What about liver?

Labs for f/u..: Thyroid hormone levels should be performed at baseline(before start med), at 3 months and every 6 month thereafter. For liver enzymes, at baseline and then every 6 months. ...Read more

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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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How many days is amiodarone drip good for?

Amiodarone : We generally give an IV loading dose and then switch either to PO or a small IV maintainence dose as amiodarone is a long half time drug. You can use it IV for a long time if necessary because of pt. Status but that isn't usually the case. ...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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I need to know if there is an alternative drug to amiodarone?

Amiodarone: Depending on what amiodarone is being used for, there may be alternatives for this drug. In certain circumstances, there may not be a good alternative though or amiodarone may be the best option. ...Read more

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What are possible complications from the medication amiodarone?

What are possible complications from the medication amiodarone?

Many...: These generally break down into two categories. There are rare, but very severe issues including pulmonary fibrosis, liver dysfunction, and thyroid dysfunction. There are also GI side effects (nausea) skin changes (over decades, the skin turns a bluish grey) and more mild thyroid issues which may require thyroid supplementation or other such treatment. ...Read more

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What length of time should a person take the medication amiodarone?

What length of time should a person take the medication amiodarone?

Depends : On what it is prescribed for. There is no definite length of time. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

Toxicity (Definition)

Toxicity is the degree to which a drug or a substance can harm ...Read more