Amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) is a prescription antiarrhythmia medication approved to treat certain types of serious abnormal heartbeats known as ventricular arrhythmias. This medication comes in the form of tablets and injections that are given slowly into a vein (intravenous, or IV, infusions). The specific dosage will vary for each person, depending on other medications you are taking, how you respond to amiodarone, and various other factors.
When receiving an amiodarone infusion, the initial dosage is about 1000 mg given as a continuous infusion over a 24-hour period. You will need to receive this in a hospital, where your healthcare provider can carefully monitor you. Once the arrhythmia has been adequately controlled, a person will be switched over to amiodarone tablets.
(For more details on these infusions, click Amiodarone. This Web page provides a complete overview of this antiarrhythmia medication, including how it works, possible side effects, and safety concerns.)