Cardarone is an antiarrhythmic agent used to treat irregular heart beat. It can be applied in the treatment of tachyarrhythmias, ventricular and supraventricular (atrial) arrhythmias. Amiodarone is used only in life-threatening situations.
You need to consult a doctor regarding the appropriate dosage intake. Do not give up taking the medicine unless it is permitted by your doctor. Administer the intake orally with a full glass of water. It should be taken concurrently with food, as it improves the absorption of this medicine and reduces a risk of stomach hurt.
This medication is prescribed cautiously if you anamnesis contains a history of liver problems, lung disease, heart attacks, heart failure or sinoatrial heart block, hypotension, thyroid problems, low blood potassium or magnesium, glaucoma. Notify your doctor if you are going to have a surgery; if you take medicine for diabetes such as glyburide. Avoid consuming grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice during the treatment with this product.
Hypersensitivity to Amiodarone; sinus syndrome; blockade of bundle Branch Block, disorders of thyroid gland, hyperpotassemia. Tell your doctor if you are already treated with MAO inhibitors. Consult your doctor before taking, in case you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant or breastfeeding as this medicine can cause harm to a fetus and excrete into the breast milk. Breastfeeding should be stopped by a mother receiving this medicine.
Possible side effect
You have to immediately notify your health care professional if you suffer from any bothersome symptoms such as throbbing headache, warmness and skin flushing, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, dryness of mouth, skin rash, urticaria, itching, worsening angina pain, blue-colored lips, fingernails, or palms, fainting, difficulty breathing, palpitations, high fever, wheezing, cough, weight loss, thinning hair, numbness, nausea, stomach pain.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some patients and there may be some side effects not known yet. In case you have experienced any side effects not listed above, immediately seek emergency medical attention.
You must notify your health care practitioner if you are already taking a group of medicines used to treat erectile dysfunction such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) or vardenafil (Levitra Soft); Cholestyramine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), rifampin, or St. John's wort because they may decrease Amiodarone 's effectiveness; Antiarrhythmics (eg, flecainide), arsenic, azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), cimetidine, cisapride, diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), dofetilide, droperidol, H1 antagonists (eg, astemizole, loratadine, terfenadine), HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), ketolides (eg, telithromycin), macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin), phenothiazines (eg, thioridazine), phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (eg, vardenafil), pimozide, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), serotonin receptor antagonists (eg, dolasetron), streptogramins (eg, dalfopristin, quinupristin), trazodone, or ziprasidone because side effects, such as heart rhythm problems or seizures, may occur; Narcotic pain relievers (eg, fentanyl) because low blood pressure, slow heartbeat, and other heart problems may occur; Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), calcium channel blockers (eg, verapamil, diltiazem), cyclosporine, dextromethorphan, digoxin, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (eg, simvastatin), lidocaine, or methotrexate because their actions and side effects may be increased by Amiodarone; Thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased or their risk of side effects may be increased by Amiodarone.
In case you have missed to take a dose of this medicinal product, take it as soon as possible. If you are already supposed to take your next dose, do not take the dose you forgot and keep your ordinary dosage schedule. Do not take two dosages right away.
If you think you overdosed the medicine, immediately contact your local poison center and notify your doctor or pharmacist. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Symptoms of overdose involve a feeling of being dizzy, light-headed or syncope.
Store this product at room temperature 25 degrees C (77 F). Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep this product out of the reach of children and pets. Do not apply any remnants of the medication after the expiry date.
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