Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Cordarone

(amiodarone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Treats heart rate problems.

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Our bottom line

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.

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Upsides

  • An option for treating life-threatening heart rate problems when other medicines or procedures haven't worked.
  • Cordarone (Amiodarone) has been shown to lower the number of heart rate problems you can experience after certain types of heart surgeries.
  • Available as a generic version, so it should be affordable.

Downsides

  • Not a good choice if you have eye, liver, or lung problems.
  • You'll need regular monitoring for side effects, such as routine blood tests, heart tests, and eye exams.
  • Cordarone (Amiodarone) can stay in your body for weeks or months after you've stopped taking it. Make sure you tell your doctor or dentist that you've taken Cordarone (Amiodarone) if they don't already know.
  • There are many possible drug interactions, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before making any changes or starting a new medicine.
How it works

Cordarone (Amiodarone) is an anti-arrhythmic medicine. It treats heart rate problems by blocking rogue electrical signals in your heart.

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Side effect rates for Cordarone (amiodarone)

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Risks and Warnings for Cordarone (amiodarone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other heart rate medicines

    Cordarone (Amiodarone) should only be used in people with life-threatening heart rate problems. There are many potentially fatal side effects and it can make the heart rate problem worse or harder to handle. Other similar medicines should be tried first before Cordarone (Amiodarone). People can start taking Cordarone (Amiodarone) in a hospital to watch for side effects.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

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Common concerns from people taking Cordarone (amiodarone)

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Interactions
  • There are many possible drug interactions, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before making any changes or starting a new medicine.
Food
  • Can cause nausea, so you can take it with food to help.
Kidneys and liver
  • Not a good choice if you have eye, liver, or lung problems.
  • Cordarone (Amiodarone) is broken down by the liver. It can cause mild liver problems, but in some cases, it can cause severe problems. Call your doctor immediately if you have dark urine or light-colored stool, yellow skin or eyes, stomach pain, or feel tired or not hungry. If you have liver problems, you may need a different dose to prevent increased risk for side effects. Baseline and follow-up lab tests are needed before starting Cordarone (Amiodarone).