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It is used to treat a fast heartbeat and certain types of abnormal heart rhythms.
Amiodarone lowers the effects of chemicals on the heart. It works by relaxing overactive heart muscles.
Take Amiodarone exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. - You may need to take Amiodarone for some time before the full benefits can be felt. - Do not be discouraged if you do not feel better soon after taking the medicine. - Amiodarone must be taken regularly for it to work well. - Continue taking Amiodarone even when you feel better. - Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor. - Your condition may worsen rapidly if Amiodarone is stopped suddenly. - Amiodarone may be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day. - Swallow it whole, do not chew or crush.
Upset stomach or throwing up; Hard stools (constipation; Sunburn.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. - If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. - Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. - Do not change the dose or stop this drug. - Talk with the doctor.
Alert your doctor if you have an allergy to iodine. - Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are planning to have a baby. - Use effective birth control methods while being treated with Amiodarone and for several months after you stop treatment with Amiodarone. - Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. - Amiodarone passes into the breast milk. - Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Amiodarone. - Amiodarone may not be suitable for certain heart conditions. - Alert your doctor to any heart conditions that you have.
Seek help if you think there was an overdose or signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Seek help if you notice very low blood sugar or very high blood sugar. - Very bad dizziness. - Trouble breathing. - Feeling cold. - Very bad belly pain. - Very upset stomach or throwing up. - Very loose stools (diarrhea). - A big weight loss. - Very bad muscle pain or weakness. - Feeling very tired or weak. - Any rash. - Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Amiodarone may affect the way other medicines work. There are also several other medicines that can affect the way Amiodarone works in your body. - Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here: Medicines for heart disease or high blood pressure, especially digoxin, disopyramide, verapamil, sotalol, frusemide, clonidine, prazosin. Blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin or clopidogrel. - Antiviral medicines such as amprenavir, fosamprenavir, Darunavir. Stomach medicines such as cimetidine, cisapride. Antihistamines such as loratadine, astemizole, terfenadine. - Epilepsy (also known as fits or seizures) medicines such as phenytoin. - Diabetes medicines. - Mood medicines such as lithium, haloperidol, thioridazine, ziprasidone, trazodone, alprazolam, midazolam. - Anti-malarial pills such as chloroquine. - Organ transplant medicines such as cyclosporin, tacrolimus. - Cholesterol lowering medicines such as simvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin. - Strong painkillers such as trazodone or fentanyl. - Antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin and related medicines. - Antifungal medicines such as itraconazole. - Laxatives such as bisacodyl and senna. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol. - Do not take grapefruit juice while you are being treated with Amiodarone. - Grapefruit juice affects the absorption of Amiodarone from the stomach.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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