Precautions and Warnings With Amiodarone

Potentially life-threatening complications can occur with amiodarone, so it is important that your healthcare provider knows about your medical history. If you have cardiogenic shock or a slow heart rate, you should not use amiodarone. Other precautions you will need to pay attention to include warnings of dangerous drug interactions and side effects to watch out that could be fatal.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®) if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Heart disease, such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Had a heart attack in the past two years
  • Lung disease or breathing problems
  • Heart rhythm problems (other than the problem for which you are using amiodarone)
  • Ever fainted or been dizzy due to a slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • A pacemaker
  • Thyroid problems or ever had thyroid problems
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Plans to have surgery, including eye surgery or dental surgery
  • Been told you have low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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