Like all medicines, Amiodarone GP 200 mg tablets can cause side effects. If any of these or other side effects not previously listed occur, please tell the doctor or pharmacist.
Stop taking Amiodarone GP Tablets and see a doctor or go to hospital if:
The patient has an allergic reaction. The signs may include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swollen eyelids, face, lips, throat or tongue.
The patient has blistering or peeling of the skin around the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals, flu-like symptoms and fever. This could be a condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
The patient has a severe blistering rash in which layers of the skin may peel off to leave large areas of raw exposed skin over the body. The patient may also feel generally unwell, has a fever, chills and aching muscles (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis).
The patient has inflammation of the skin characterised by fluid filled blisters (bullous dermatitis).
The patient has flu-like symptoms and a rash on the face followed by an extended rash with a high temperature, increased levels of liver enzymes seen in blood tests and an increase in a type of white blood cell (eosinophilia) and enlarged lymph nodes (DRESS).
Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), feeling tired or sick, loss of appetite, stomach pain or high temperature. These can be signs of liver problems or damage, which can be very dangerous.
Difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest, coughing which will not go away, wheezing, weight loss and fever. This could be due to inflammation of the lungs which can be very dangerous.
Heartbeat becomes even more uneven or erratic. This can lead to heart attack, so go to hospital straight away.
Loss of eyesight in one eye or eyesight becomes dim and colorless. Eyes may feel sore or tender and feel painful to move. This could be an illness called 'optic neuropathy' or 'neuritis'.
Heartbeat becomes very slow or stops beating. If this happens go to hospital straight away.
Stop taking Amiodarone GP Tablets and see a doctor straight away if for any of the following serious side effects: Uncommon:
Feeling numb or weak, tingling or burning feelings in any part of the body.
Skin rash caused by narrow or blocked blood vessels (called 'vasculitis').
Headache (which is usually worse in the morning or happens after coughing or straining), feeling sick (nausea), fits, fainting, eyesight problems or confusion can occur. These could be signs of problems with the brain.
Moving unsteadily or staggering, slurred or slow speech.
Feeling faint, dizzy unusually tired and short of breath. These could be signs of a very slow heartbeat (especially in people over 65 years old) or other problems with the heart's natural beat.
Chest pain and shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat. These could be signs of a condition called "Torsade de pointes".
Some cases of bleeding in the lungs have been reported in patients taking Amiodarone Tablets. Tell the doctor straight away if the patient coughs up any blood.
Tell the doctor as soon as possible for any of the following side effects: Very common:
Blurred eyesight or seeing a colored halo in dazzling light.
Feeling extremely restless or agitated, weight loss, increased sweating and being unable to stand the heat. This could be signs of an illness called 'hyper-thyroidism'.
Feeling extremely tired, weak or 'run-down', weight gain, being unable to stand the cold, constipation and aching muscles. These could be signs of an illness called 'hypo-thyroidism'.
Trembling when arms or legs are moved.
Blue or grey marks on parts of the skin exposed to sunlight, especially the face.
Muscle cramps, stiffness or spasm.
Swelling of the testicles.
Red, scaly patches of skin, loss of hair or loosening of nails (called 'exfoliative dermatitis').
Feeling tired, faint, dizzy or having pale skin. These could be signs anaemia.
The patient may bleed or bruise more easily than usual. This could be because of blood disorder (called 'thrombocytopenia').
Feeling unwell, confused or weak, feeling sick (nausea), loss of appetite, feeling irritable. This could be an illness called 'syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone secretion' (SIADH).
Severe stomach pain which may reach through to the back. This could be a sign of pancreatitis.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects get serious or lasts longer than a few days: Very common:
Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting).
Change in the way things taste.
Changes in the amount of liver enzymes at the beginning of treatment. This can be seen in blood tests.
Burning more easily in the sun.
Slightly slower heartbeat; Nightmares; Problems sleeping; Constipation; Scaly and itchy rash (eczema).
Headache; Balance problems, feeling dizzy (vertigo); Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection or in ejaculating; Hair loss, balding; Skin rash; Skin redness during radio-therapy.
Hives (itchy, lumpy rash).
Granulomas, small red lumps on the skin or inside the body which are seen by X-ray.
Feeling less hungry.
Movements that cannot be controlled, mainly of the tongue, mouth, jaw, arms and legs (Parkinsonism).
Feeling confused or seeing or hearing thins that are not there.
A distorted sense of smell (parosmia).