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Is pacerone (amiodarone) some sort of heart medication?

Is pacerone (amiodarone) some sort of heart medication?

Anti arrhythmic drug: In addition to treating ventricular arrhythmia, it is the most effective drug available for the treatment and prevention of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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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 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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Could a doctor please comment on the drug pacerone (amiodarone) 200mg?

Yes?: It's a potent antiarrhythmic drug (Class III - Vaughan-Williams) used for both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Because of its potential side-effects, it's a last resort medicine. 200 mg is a maintenance dose. Because of it's long half-life, it takes a long time to begin to work and thus a loading dose is given to initiate treatment. It lasts a long time too. Major toxicity: liver, lung, thyroi ...Read more

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Does anyone know if you have to be weaned off pacerone (amiodarone)?

Does anyone know if you have to be weaned off pacerone (amiodarone)?

Pacerone (amiodarone): Pacerone (amiodarone) lasts a long time in the body 1/2 out in ~2 weeks and the other 1/2 over the next several months as it is stored in your fat cells. When the drug is stopped the electrical effects continue for a period of time. Many md's decrease the dose over time to find the lowest dose that is effective for the abnormal heart rhythm to reduce potential side effects. ...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 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

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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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Can you tell me about nursing management of weaning off drugs such as dopamine and amiodarone?

Weaning: Dopamine is an acute hemodynamic IV drug which usually is removed by titrating the dose rate down by 50% monitoring for a few hours and then cutting down another 50% until minimal dose rate is present and the dose is stopped. Amiodarone has such a long half time that we don't wean it. We stop the amiodarone and its long half time takes care of the amio weaning, in general. ...Read more

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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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I taken flecainide. Before CABG, flecainide changed to amiodarone for a week. After CABG, may directly converted amiodron to other antiarrhythmic drug?

I taken flecainide. Before CABG, flecainide changed to amiodarone for a week. After CABG, may directly converted amiodron to other antiarrhythmic drug?

Antiarrythmic drug: What is your question? Is it may amiodarone could be converted to other antiarrythmic?
If clinical condition warrants a change, yes it could be changed to whatever the best for that situation. ...Read more

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My father 72yr with hypertension paroxysmal Af with s.cr1.65 on metoprolol ER100and cordarone (amiodarone) 200 1*3 for wk is there drug better than cordarone (amiodarone) forhm?

My father 72yr with hypertension paroxysmal Af with s.cr1.65 on metoprolol ER100and cordarone (amiodarone) 200 1*3 for wk is there drug better than cordarone (amiodarone) forhm?

Paroxysmal Af: First thing to know is treatment for PAF can be rhythm control or rate control. Depending on access to care and expertise in your area, cure can achieved from AF by ablation of the focus of arrhythmia and then hopefully need no medicine. Wean off. Alternately if on metoprolol and cordarone (amiodarone) (need to also watch thyroid on this medicine, lung toxicity), also should be on blood thinner to mitigate cva ...Read more

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Failed tykocin therapy for afib ablation not an option due ivc filter amiodarone only other drug option offered side effect? Any other options

Failed tykocin therapy for afib ablation not an option due ivc filter amiodarone only other drug option offered side effect? Any other options

Depends: In order to safely prescribe medication for a fib it is important to know more about your heart, specifically whether there are any abnormalities. There are drugs other than amiodarone and tikosyn (dofetilide) but the do not have the same efficacy (success rate). ...Read more

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What is your opinion about drug (moxonidil0.2)for hypertensive 72male with paroxysmal Afib on betaloc amlodipine and cordarone (amiodarone) the doc put him on it?

Hypertension: In my opinion there are better choices than minoxidil such as a diuretic like hydrochlorothiazide, or an ace inhibitor like lisinopril or an arb like cozaar (losartan) or avapro. Of course his physician or cardiologist, who knows his condition and laboratory values, is better qualified to recommend treatment. ...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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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 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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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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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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What are the effects of Amiodarone on stomach?

What are the effects of Amiodarone on stomach?

See below.: Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and constipation. Contact your doctor if these symptoms become intolerable. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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