Cordarone 200 mg (Amiodarone)
What is Amiodarone?
Amiodarone is used to treat an arrhythmic condition (condition in which rhythm of heartbeats is affected). It is also known as an antiarrhythmic drug. Amiodarone is used to maintain proper heartbeat in people suffering with life threatening heart rhythm disorders of the ventricles. Ventricles are lower chambers of the heart that throw blood out of the heart. This medication is given for treatment of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. Amiodarone may also be advised for causes not mentioned above.
Important Information about Amiodarone
Amiodarone has a high potential to cause side effects that can be fatal. Hence, the first few doses are given under medical supervision, preferably in a hospital setting. Also Amiodarone is only given in life threatening situations. Do not take Amiodarone if you are allergic to it or iodine. This medication is not recommended if you have some heart disorder like ‘AV block’ or a history of slow heartbeats. Amiodarone belongs to FDA pregnancy category D. It can be harmful during pregnancy and can be detrimental to an unborn baby. So let your doctor know if you are pregnant and don’t take this medication without his or her advice. Remember to use effective contraceptive methods while taking Amiodarone and consult your doctor if you become pregnant in the meantime. While taking Amiodarone, your blood, liver function or thyroid function may be tested regularly. You may also require eye examinations and chest x-rays. Don’t hesitate on any tests. You may see side effects of Amiodarone even after discontinuing it and it can take several months for the drug to be completely purged out from your body. Amiodarone intake may lead to unusual thyroid test results. So remember this while going for thyroid tests and tell the laboratory staff about it.
Before taking Amiodarone
Remember to follow the precautions and advices mentioned above before taking Amiodarone. Your doctor may adjust Amiodarone dosage in your case if you have certain conditions like asthma, lung disease, liver disease, problems in vision, high or low blood pressure; thyroid problems; imbalance of electrolytes like reduced levels of potassium or magnesium in your bloodstream; or if pacemaker or defibrillator is embedded in your chest.
How should I take Amiodarone?
As mentioned above, you will receive first few doses of Amiodarone under medical supervision where you will be monitored closely for its potentially serious side effects. Later on, take this medication strictly as prescribed by your doctor. Don’t take larger dosage or take it for a longer period than prescribed. Refer the patient leaflet that comes with the medication properly for more details. Take Amiodarone medication with a glass of water. You may take it with or without eating food but follow the same way every time. Remember to take the medication regularly otherwise you may not get any benefit out of it and your condition may deteriorate even further. Buy a refill beforehand prior to the completion of existing doses. You may be required various tests while taking Amiodarone as mentioned previously. If you have to undergo a surgery, tell your surgeon about this medication as it may be required to be stopped well in advance before the surgery can take place. Always store Amiodarone in a cool and dry place. Ensure that your children and pets don’t get access to it.
What if I miss a dose of Amiodarone?
If you miss a dose of Amiodarone, then take it as soon as you remember but if the time to take the next dose is near, skip the missed dose. Never take extra doses at the same time or near to each other to compensate for the missed dose.
What if I take an overdose of Amiodarone?
Get urgent medical attention if you think that you have taken too much Amiodarone medication. Overdose symptoms are light hearted feeling, fainting, reduce heart rate, or weakness.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Amiodarone
Avoid grapefruit and its products while taking Amiodarone as it may interact with it and lead to dangerous effects. Discuss this with your doctor if you consume grapefruit and its products regularly. Amiodarone may impact your thinking and concentration. Keep any activities which require high attention and alertness like driving to a minimum. Amiodarone can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and UV rays. Avoid unnecessary sunlight and artificial UV light exposure. If you do venture out in the sun, remember to wear proper covering clothes and apply a good sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15.
Amiodarone Side Effects
Amiodarone may or may not cause allergic reactions or side effects. But if you experience some allergic reactions to it like hives; breathing difficulty; swelling in face, mouth, lips, or throat; stop using the medication and get medical help immediately. Amiodarone is known to cause some potentially dangerous side effects. Get emergency medical attention if you witness these side effects due to Amiodarone: deteriorating heartbeat rhythm; slow or fast pounding heartbeats; feeling like you might faint; wheezing; cough; pain in chest; breathing difficulty; bloody cough; vision problems like blurred sight, loss in vision, pain behind eyes, with vomiting on certain occasions; experiencing breath shortness even with little activity; rapid weight gain or loss; thinning hair; increased sweating; abnormal menstrual cycle; loss of appetite, dark urine; clay colored stools; or jaundice. Some less serious side effects of Amiodarone are fatigue; giddiness; nausea; vomiting; constipation; redness beneath the skin; or insomnia. The side effects listed above are not a complete set which you may experience. There may be others.
Amiodarone Dosing Information
Amiodarone dosing depends on various factors like seriousness of the condition, age, sex and a host of other factors. Your doctor may prescribe the suitable dosage of this medication for you after examining your case thoroughly. Strictly stick to the dose regimen as prescribed by your doctor.
Interaction with other drugs
Several drugs may interfere with Amiodarone. Following is a partial but more prominent list of drugs which may interact with Amiodarone: clopidogrel; cimetidine; cyclosporine; diclofenac; loratadine; dextromethorphan; St. John's wort; blood thinner (warfarin); antidepressants; diuretic; insulin or oral diabetes medications; HIV-AIDS retroviral drugs like riotnavir etc; certain antibiotics like clarithromycin; ciprofloxacin; erythromycin or others; antifungal drugs like ketoconazole or itraconazole; cholesterol reducing drugs like cholestyramine, atorvastatin, simvastatin or others; heart of blood pressure drugs like diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil or others, seizure drugs like phenytoin, carbamazepine or others. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the medications listed above or any other drugs, OTC or herbal products which may interact with Amiodarone for the worse. Also share your medical history with your doctor.
|Generic Name||Amiodarone HCl|
|Manufacturer||Sanofi Aventis, India|
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TeronFeb 01, 2016GOOD PRODUCT
Great medicine to Cordaron 200 and ventricular tachycardia but a lot of side effects. I got hyperthyroidism because of that and since I have a defibrillator my heart rate was jumping from 100 to 200b/sec. I got shocked like 17 times while going to work (because heart was going over 200 beats/sec). Then I used other medicines but no luck.so Good Product.