Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent irregular heartbeats.
Take amiodarone regularly as directed with a glass of water.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Several medicines can react with amiodarone, sometimes with severe results. Please talk to your pharmacist or doctor before using any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Change in heartbeat, chest pain, fainting
Short of breath, persistent dry cough
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain, easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Headache, changes in vision, pounding in one or both ears (may be intracranial hypertension)
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Tingling or numbness
Loss of co-ordination/walking or handwriting problems, strange or uncontrolled movements
Unexplained weight gain or loss, sensitivity to cold or heat
|Tell your doctor|
Nausea, vomiting, change of appetite, constipation
Changes in taste or smell
Tiredness or weakness, dizziness, trouble sleeping
Less interest in sex
Change in skin colour (blue, grey, purple), more sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2019
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