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Drug interactions Sotalol, sertraline & amiodarone ?

Drug interactions
  Sotalol, sertraline & amiodarone ?

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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Dr. Walter Husar
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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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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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Am on sertraline 150 mg .. I also take sotalol , amiodarone.. I have really bad side effects .. I am very anxious and depressed .. I get severe panic attacks .. I feel am going to die .. I have agoraphobia I feel down ?

Am on sertraline 150 mg .. I also take sotalol , amiodarone.. I have really bad side effects .. I am very anxious and depressed .. I get severe panic attacks .. I feel am going to die .. I have agoraphobia I feel down ?

Verify cardiac statu: Sertraline has an interaction with amiodarone. Levels are increased. Sotalol and amiodarone both contain beta-blocking properties which can be depressing. Sotalol can pose a risk of serious ventricular arrhythmias, hopefully ... negated by the amiodarone. You must insure that your cardiac status is entirely normal to avoid the risk of serious arrhythmias which can cause sudden death. ...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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How does amiodarone affect patients?

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

Depends: It depends 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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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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Is there any side affects if your taking amiodarone and maybe at the most having 4 beers aweek?

Is there any side affects if your 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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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

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Sotalol (Definition)

Sotalol hydrochloride is a rhythm control agent which is a ...Read more