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Cordarone Alternatives

(Amiodarone)

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These medications are comparable to Cordarone (Amiodarone) or used for similar purposes.

Cordarone
(Amiodarone)

Multaq
(Dronedarone)

Betapace
(Sotalol)

Tikosyn
(Dofetilide)

Treats heart rate problems. 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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Cordarone (Amiodarone) is an anti-arrhythmic medicine. It treats heart rate problems by blocking rogue electrical signals in your heart.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Anti-arrhythmic
Class III
Prescription only
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Available as
AmiodaroneMultaqBetapaceTikosyn
  • Pill
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Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial arrhythmia Ventricular arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation and flutter Atrial fibrillation and flutter - Chemical cardioversion
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking other heart rate medicines
    • History of liver problems
      • History of thyroid problems
      • Women of childbearing age
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      Pregnancy category
      AmiodaroneMultaqBetapaceTikosyn
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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      XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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      Alcohol
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      Food
      • Can cause nausea, so you can take it with food to help.
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      Kidneys and liver
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      Upsides and benefits
      AmiodaroneMultaqBetapaceTikosyn
      • 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.
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      Downsides and risks
      AmiodaroneMultaqBetapaceTikosyn
      • 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.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AmiodaroneMultaqBetapaceTikosyn
      • Your doctor may have you start taking Cordarone (Amiodarone) in a hospital or clinic so you can be watched closely for side effects.
      • It can take 1 or 2 weeks before you start to see any effects.
      • There are many serious side effects that can only be found by getting blood tests done. It's important to follow all of your doctor's instructions when taking Cordarone (Amiodarone).
      • Can make your skin more sensitive to sun. Use proper protection, such as sunscreen, and avoid sun lamps.
      • Can cause nausea, so you can take it with food to help.
      • Drinking grapefruit juice with Cordarone (Amiodarone) can affect your heart rate, so avoid all forms of grapefruits.
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