Amiodarone

Amiodarone is classified as an antiarrythmics. All that means is stopping a dangerous rhythm (A heart beat that doesn’t result in a good blood pressure or output). The medicine is usually started in the hospital after some sort of lethal arrhythmia has been identified and corrected. The Dose is meant to keep the arrhythmia from coming back. It is not meant for the first choice for stopping the arrhythmia. A loading dose is given which is a dose that is higher than the everyday or maintenance dose, which is meant to get in the body faster at the beneficial level so it will work right away. It used to treat atrial fibrillation, Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), Ventricular Tachycardia, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

It is used cautiously with people with liver problems and thyroid problems. However, keep in mind that the medicine is used in emergency situations and therefore prior liver testing is usually not done. For long term use it is wise for a physician to keep an eye your liver functions to make sure no liver or thyroid damage is occurring. If you are pregnant it is crucial that you tell your doctor immediately as it will cause harm to the fetus. While this medicine is designed to keep your heart rhythm in check it is not fool proof and it may not work for everybody. If any symptoms return or you feel lightheaded or dizzy go to the emergency department.

If you miss your dose DO NOT double up your medicine. Take it as soon as you remember then adjust the time for your next dose. If you think you may have taken too much go to the emergency room right away.

Take this medicine as it is prescribed from the doctor. Your doctor should be monitoring you on a regular basis to make sure the medicine is doing what it is supposed to be doing. It is imperative you do not miss any appointments as your doctor fine tunes the medicine.Below are sample pictures.

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