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Doctor insights on: Amiodarone Withdrawal

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Can you tell me if there are withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking amioderone?

Can you tell me if there are withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking amioderone?

Half life is long: The half-life of the drug is so long that withdrawal symptoms are not possible. After prolonged use the elimination half-life of this drug can be up to 100 days. That means that it could take up to 500 days completely clear your system. Any drug coming out of your body that slowly would not have any withdrawal effects whatsoever. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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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