Alternatives to Amiodarone
Although amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) can be an effective medication for controlling certain heart rhythm problems, it may not be the best choice for some people. If you develop severe or intolerable side effects, or if amiodarone does not adequately control your arrhythmia, there are other possible medications to choose from.
Some of the possible amiodarone alternatives include other antiarrhythmia medications, such as:
- Disopyramide (Norpace®, Norpace® CR)
- Flecainide (Tambocor™)
- Mexiletine (Mexitil®)
- Propafenone (Rythmol®, Rythmol® SR)
- Sotalol (Betapace®, Sorine®).
There are many antiarrhythmia medications that can be possible alternatives. The one your healthcare provider recommends will depend on several factors, including the specific arrhythmia being treated, how serious the arrhythmia is, and other medical conditions a person may have.
(Click What Is Amiodarone Used For? to learn about other possible alternatives. This Web selection also describes how this drug works, whether it is safe for use in children, and possible unapproved reasons to use it.)