Amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) is a prescription medication used to treat serious heart rhythm problems called ventricular arrhythmias. Although side effects are relatively common, in most cases, reactions tend to be minor and easy to treat.
However, amiodarone has been reported to cause serious and potentially life-threatening lung problems. Your healthcare provider will get a chest x-ray and check how well your lungs are working before you begin taking it and every three to six months during treatment. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you experience any lung problems while using amiodarone, such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood.
(Click Amiodarone Side Effects to learn more about how amiodarone may cause coughing or other lung problems. This article provides a detailed list of other side effects that occurred during clinical trials, with statistics on how often they occurred.)