Top
20
Doctor insights on: Quitting Amiodarone

Share
1

1
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. Qamar Khan
107 doctors shared insights

Amiodarone (Definition)

Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic. It is a medication used to normalize the heart rhythm and prevent ...Read more


2

2
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

3

3
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

4

4
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

5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
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

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
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

8

8
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

10

10
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

11

11
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

12

12
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

13

13
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

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
How long does amiodarone stay in the body if you use it for just one week?

Amiodarone : halftime around a month. Usually 5 halftimes to eliminate 90% of a drug. Effects of drug usually disappear when level of drug is low enough ...Read more

15

15
I took IV amiodarone for 2 days and it stopped AF. Can i go back to the gym now?

I took IV amiodarone for 2 days and it stopped AF.  Can i go back to the gym now?

Not yet!: This can be a serious issue and this may recur. AF is sometimes difficult you need to ask your cardiologist if you need long term meds and when you can begin to exercise.. This is a very important subject as AF can lead to stroke. See the doc ...Read more

16

16
Is it best to take amiodarone in the morning or evening? Which is more effective? Thanks

Either: Does not truly matter so long as it is about same time each day. ...Read more

17

17
I started amiodarone on March 28 and stopped April 30. What's the half life for that small amount of time?

I started amiodarone on March 28 and stopped April 30. What's the half life for that small amount of time?

Really really long: amiodarone stays in the system for a very long time. the last bit of it decreases by half approximately every TWO MONTHS http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10872646 about 20% incidence of adverse events BUT, the more serious adverse events basically only occur with being on the drug for a much longer time. ...Read more

18

18
If you take 200MG of Amiodarone for 3 months and 100MG for the next 3 months when will it be out of your system?

Weeks-months: Amiodarone is one of those antiarrhyhtmic drugs with a long 1/2 life (average of 50 days, range 30-100 days). So depending on whether you were front loaded or not, that you have been on it for 6 months, it is likely going to take a good 3 months for all drug to be out of your system. It is hard to predict reliably, because of its accumulation in fat tissue, etc.... ...Read more