Before starting treatment with amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®), let your healthcare provider know if you have:
- Heart disease, such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Had a heart attack in the past two years
- A pacemaker
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Amiodarone is not suitable for everyone. While some people simply require closer monitoring during treatment, other people will need to avoid this medication altogether. Contraindications for amiodarone include being allergic to it, iodine, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Also, people with the following medical issues should not take this drug:
- Have a very slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Have second- or third-degree heart block and do not have a pacemaker
- Are in cardiogenic shock (a life-threatening condition in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body).
(For a more in-depth list of possible contraindications, click Precautions and Warnings With Amiodarone. This article also goes into more detail about what your healthcare provider needs to know before you can use this medication safely.)