Is Pacerone the Same Thing as Amiodarone?

A healthcare provider may prescribe amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) to treat certain irregular heartbeats known as ventricular arrhythmias. But is Pacerone the same thing as amiodarone?
 
Amiodarone hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Pacerone and Cordarone, two brand-name medications that come as tablets and are taken by mouth once daily. Amiodarone also comes in an injectable form (Nexterone).
 
Generic forms of amiodarone are available as well. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the generic amiodarone products are as good as the brand-name medications, the generics can contain different inactive ingredients than the brand-name drugs. This might include dyes or fillers, which can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
 
(For more detailed information, click Amiodarone. This article takes a closer look at whether the brand-name medications, including Pacerone, are the same things as amiodarone. It also discusses how the medication works, dosing instructions, and potential side effects.)
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