Substitute Drug for Amiodarone
If your heart rhythm problem is not adequately controlled or if you develop severe side effects with amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®), your healthcare provider may recommend a substitute antiarrhythmia drug. Some of the possible alternatives to amiodarone include:
- Mexiletine (Mexitil®)
- Sotalol (Betapace®, Sorine®)
- Disopyramide (Norpace®, Norpace® CR)
- Flecainide (Tambocor™)
- Propafenone (Rythmol®, Rythmol® SR).
When determining which alternative is most appropriate for your particular situation, your healthcare provider will take into consideration the severity of your heart rhythm problem, other medications you are taking, and other medical conditions you may have.
(To see a list of other amiodarone substitutes, click What Is Amiodarone Used For?. This article discusses when a healthcare provider may recommend an alternative medication. It also explains how amiodarone works, as well as approved and unapproved uses of the drug.)