Amiodarone

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with amiodarone include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in the form of a tablet and as an injection. The tablet is usually taken by mouth once a day. The injection is given slowly through a tube inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion).
 
  • You will start treatment in a hospital, where a healthcare provider can closely monitor you. You will likely need to stay in the hospital for one to three weeks.
 
  • You should avoid drinking grapefruit juice while taking amiodarone tablets, as grapefruit juice can increase the level of amiodarone in your body.
 
  • You can take amiodarone tablets with or without food; however, it is important to take them the same way each time. Try taking this medicine with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
 
  • You should try to take your doses at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
 
  • You will likely be started on a higher amiodarone dose, which will be gradually reduced. Make sure you know what dose you should be taking. If you are unsure, ask your healthcare provider.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking amiodarone, even if you feel well, as your irregular heartbeat may return.
 

Dosing Information for Amiodarone

The dose of amiodarone your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The particular amiodarone product being used
  • How you respond to the medication
  • The severity and type of arrhythmia being treated
  • Whether you have side effects.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Amiodarone Dosage for more information.)
 
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