Amiodarone Lung Toxicity

Although amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) can be an effective medication for treating certain irregular heartbeats called ventricular arrhythmias, it is not appropriate for some people. For example, if you have lung disease or any type of breathing problem, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks.
Amiodarone can cause lung toxicity, which means it can lead to potentially life-threatening lung problems. Before you use this medication, and every three to six months during treatment, your healthcare provider will get a chest x-ray and check how well your lungs are working. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you develop any signs of lung toxicity, such as:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Amiodarone for more details on important safety precautions to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also discusses who should not use amiodarone.)
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