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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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
Pacerone (amiodarone): Without knowing about your condition, the answer is no.
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.
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.
Amiodarone: Alcohol can cause arrhythmias. Discuss side effects with your prescribing physician and your pharmacist.
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.
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.