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Amiodarone - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Cordarone    
  • Cardilor    

Why do I need this medicine?

Amiodarone is used to treat abnormal heart rhythm.

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Amiodarone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food. You may take it with meals if stomach upset occurs or if you are taking a high dose. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Amiodarone must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to this medicine or to iodine.

Alert your doctor if you have any of the following heart conditions:

- abnormal heart rhythms accompanied with dizziness and fainting
- heart block
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Amiodarone should only be taken by those who have a life threatening heart rhythm disorder. This medicine is given to those who are not responding to other therapies or when other treatment cannot be used.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if:

- you have liver disease
- you have lung disease
- you have thyroid disease
- you have electrolyte imbalance (imbalance of minerals in the body)
- you have other heart diseases e.g heart failure, heart attack
- you have very low blood pressure
- you have implanted devices in your heart e.g. pacemaker (device that helps control abnormal heart rhythms)

Amiodarone may also cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors. Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) lamps like tanning beds.

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, always inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Amiodarone.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your heart condition (e.g. heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure) and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor may also need to perform routine function tests for your lungs, liver and thyroid glands. Your doctor will advise you on how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Amiodarone may cause dizziness and some problems with your eyesight. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or see clearly.

This medicine may also cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, unpleasant taste, tremor or uncontrolled muscle movements, lack of coordination, tiredness, constipation, loss of appetite, problems sleeping, mood changes, numbness or tingling of the fingers and toes, and skin discolouration.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:

- wheezing
- difficulty breathing
- chest pain
- abnormally slow heart beat
- palpitations or a pounding heart beat
- severe agitation or if you feel extremely restless
- unusually excessive sweating or intolerance to heat
- unusual or severe weakness
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- blurred or decreased vision
- "halo effect" type of vision (seeing halos around lights)
- rashes
- blisters on the skin or severe sunburn

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. digoxin, disopyramide, diltiazem, verapamil, propranolol, flecainide, procainamide, quinidine
- medicines for blood clot e.g. warfarin, clopidogrel, dabigatran
- medicines for viral infections e.g. amprenavir, indinavir
- medicines for stomach disorder e.g. cimetidine, cisapride
- medicines for nausea or vomiting e.g. dolasetron
- medicines for allergies e.g. loratadine, astemizole, mizolastine, terfenadine
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizure) e.g. clonazepam, phenytoin
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. lithium, chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thioridazine, ziprasidone, fluphenazine, pimozide, amisulpride, sertindole, midazolam, triazolam
- medicines for depression e.g. doxepin, maprotiline, amitriptyline, trazodone
- medicines for malaria e.g. halofantrine, chloroquine, mefloquine, quinine
- medicines for organ transplant e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
- medicines for high cholesterol e.g. simvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin
- medicines for moderate to severe pain e.g. fentanyl
- medicines for bacterial infections e.g. clarithromycin, moxifloxacin
- medicines for fungal infections e.g. itraconazole
- medicines for TB e.g. rifampicin
- medicines used to block pain and other sensations e.g. lidocaine
- St. John’s Wort (herbal medicine)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Amiodarone.

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and excessive consumption (more than 1 litre a day) of grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Amiodarone - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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