What is Cordarone?
Cordarone is an antiarrhythmic medicine, which affects the pace at which the heart beats.
What is Cordarone used for?
Cordarone is indicated for the treatment of certain kinds of irregular heartbeat related problems, such as tachycardia or persistent ventricular fibrillation. These problems, if ignored, can prove to be fatal. The medicine helps restore normal heart rhythm and maintain steady heartbeat.
How does Cordarone work?
Cordarone works by hindering certain electrical signals in the heart, which can cause irregular heartbeats.
How to use Cordarone
Take Cordarone in the manner prescribed by the doctor. Taking it for longer period or in larger amount than recommended can cause health ailments.
The medicine is to be taken orally, with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once or twice daily (as directed by the doctor) and can be taken with or without food. Remember to take the medicine at the same time each day.
Get your blood tested on a regular basis. You may also be required to get your thyroid and liver function tested, and eye exam as well as chest X-ray done.
Cordarone warnings and precautions
Cordarone is not to be used by people who are allergic to iodine or amiodarone. Also, persons who have certain heart conditions which are serious in nature (such as AV block – without a pacemaker), or a history of slow heart beats leading to fainting, should never use this medicine.
Prior to taking Cordarone, inform your doctor if you have vision problems, low or high blood pressure, liver disease, thyroid disorder, asthma or other lung disorder, electrolyte imbalance, or if you have defibrillator or pacemaker in your chest.
If you need to undergo a surgery, tell your surgeon about the use of Cordarone, well in advance.
Do not consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice, while you are on the dosing schedule of Cordarone. Also, avoid getting exposed to the sunlight or artificial UV rays.
Pregnant and lactating females should seek permission from their doctors before taking this medicine as it may cause harm to an unborn or nursing baby.
What do I do if I have missed a Cordarone dose?
If you have missed a Cordarone dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue the routine.
What do I do if I have taken a Cordarone overdose?
If you have taken an overdose of Cordarone, contact the nearest poison control center.
Before taking Cordarone, tell your doctor about all prescribed and non prescribed dosages that you are on, especially if you have been taking clopidogrel, cimetidine, cyclosporine, digoxin, diclofenac, dextromethorphan, loratadine, St. John’s wort, blood thinner like warfarin (Coumadin), antidepressants, diuretics (water pills), insulin or diabetes medicine taken orally, HIV or AIDS medications, narcotic pain relievers, antibiotics, beta blockers, antifungal medicines, heart rhythm medications, cholesterol lowering drugs, heart and blood pressure medications, and seizure medicines.
Do not start taking any new medicine without consulting your doctor.
Cordarone side effects
Cordarone side effects include hives, breathing trouble, slow or fast heartbeats, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, cough, feeling like you might lose consciousness, wheezing, blurred vision or loss of vision, pain behind the eyes, severe headache, vomiting, rapid weight gain or weight loss, feeling too cold or too hot, increased menstrual periods, increased sweating, tingly feeling in hands or feet, nausea, fever, stomach ache, loss of appetite, jaundice, dark colored urine, clayey stools, numbness, burning sensation, thinning hair, or swelling in neck (goiter), lips, face, tongue, or throat. Contact your doctor right away if any of these symptoms persist.
Mild nausea, weakness, warmth or tingly feeling under the skin, loss of appetite, constipation, fatigue, lack of coordination, dizziness, and insomnia are some less serious side effects of Cordarone.
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