Other Names for Amiodarone

Available by prescription only, amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) is given to treat certain irregular heart rhythms called ventricular arrhythmias. It comes in the form of tablets and injections that are given slowly into a vein.
 
Cordarone and Pacerone are brand names for amiodarone, and come as tablets that are usually taken once daily. Nexterone is another brand name for amiodarone, and it comes as an injection that is given as a slow drip into a vein (intravenous, or IV, infusion).
 
Amiodarone belongs to a class of medications called Class III antiarrhythmics. It works by blocking potassium channels in the heart, which prevents potassium from leaving the cells of the heart muscle. This causes the heart tissue to resist any premature electrical signals that are trying to cause the heart to beat before it is supposed to.
 
(For more detail on other names, click Amiodarone. This full-length article discusses dosing instructions, potential side effects, and safety concerns to review with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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