Precautions and Warnings With Amiodarone

Who Should Not Use Amiodarone?

You should not use amiodarone if you:
 
  • Are in cardiogenic shock (a life-threatening condition in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body).
 
  • Have a very slow heart rate (bradycardia).
 
  • Have had a slow heart rate that caused dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting (unless you have a pacemaker).
 
  • Have second- or third-degree heart block and do not have a pacemaker.
 
  • Are allergic to amiodarone, Pacerone, Cordarone, Nexterone, iodine (which is found in amiodarone), or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
 

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which amiodarone should not be used, along with several safety concerns people should be aware of before taking it. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific warnings and precautions with amiodarone that may apply to you.
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