Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent irregular heartbeats.
Take amiodarone regularly as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.
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.
Amiodarone can react with many medicines, sometimes with severe results. Remember to tell your pharmacist or doctor you are taking amiodarone before starting any other medicines or treatments, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of heart problems including: fluttering, pounding or pain in your chest, feeling your heart skips a beat, dizziness or fainting
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Short of breath, persistent dry cough
Changes in vision
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Feeling tired, unexplained weight gain or loss, feeling hotter or colder than normal (may be a thyroid problem)
Tingling or numbness, loss of co-ordination/walking or handwriting problems, strange or uncontrolled movements
|Tell your doctor|
Change in skin colour (blue, grey), more sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|Common when you first start but should improve.|
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. November 2020
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