Amiodarone
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Amiodarone Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Cordarone®; Pacerone®

Canadian Brand Names

Amiodarone Hydrochloride for Injection®; Apo-Amiodarone®; Cordarone®; Dom-Amiodarone; Mylan-Amiodarone; Novo-Amiodarone; PHL-Amiodarone; PMS-Amiodarone; PRO-Amiodarone; ratio-Amiodarone; ratio-Amiodarone I.V.; Riva-Amiodarone; Sandoz-Amiodarone; ZYM-Amiodarone

Mexican Brand Names

Braxan; Coedarone; Forken; Keritmon

Pharmacologic Category

Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class III

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine is intended only for treatment of serious fast heartbeats. It can cause dangerous side effects. Amiodarone can cause lung, thyroid, or liver damage. You will be closely monitored when starting this medicine.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to amiodarone, iodine, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have a slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Amiodarone decreases the effects of chemicals on the heart. It slows the heart down.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food, but be consistent. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:35:37.0

Modified: 2010-06-24 14:23:52.0

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