Cardiovascular disease

Arrhythmia

(Irregular heartbeat)

About Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. It means that your heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular pattern. When the heart beats faster than normal, it is called tachycardia. When the heart beats too slowly, it is called bradycardia. The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, which causes an irregular and fast heart beat.

Many factors can affect your heart's rhythm, such as having had a heart attack, smoking, congenital heart defects, and stress. Some substances or medicines may also cause arrhythmias.

Top Medications for Arrhythmia according to our users

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  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Diltiazem
    53%

All Medications for Arrhythmia

  • Anti-arrhythmic > Class III

    • Amiodarone
      Prescription only

      Cordarone (Amiodarone) is an option to treat heart rate problems when other medicines don't work, but it can take a few weeks to work and there's a lot of serious side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anti-arrhythmic > Inotrope

  • Antihypertensive > Calcium channel blocker

    • Calan
      (Verapamil)
      Prescription only

      Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Delayed release capsule
    • Diltiazem
      Prescription only

      Diltiazem works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Extended release capsule
  • Antihypertensive > Beta blocker

Medication side effects for Arrhythmia

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  • Propranolol: 3%
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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Arrhythmia

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