Drug of the Month: Amiodarone

Posted by Mauro in News

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 8:00 am

Amiodarone is a very effective drug that is used for treating abnormal heart rhythms.  When used for treating atrial fibrillation it can restore normal sinus rhythm and prevent the recurrence of atrial fibrillation.  It can also be used to prevent more dangerous abnormal heart rhythms originating from the ventricles such as ventricular tachycardia.  The more common side effects are nausea, stomach upsets and skin sensitivity in the sun.  Less common but more serious side effects are thyroid gland, liver and lung problems which occur at higher doses and prolonged treatment.  Regular blood tests and in some cases chest x-rays are performed in those that are taking amiodarone on a regular basis to prevent these problems.  Avoiding the sun for prolonged periods, using sun blocking cream and sun protection clothing is also recommended.