What Is Amiodarone Used For?

Can Children Use Amiodarone?

Amiodarone is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. However, this does not mean the medicine cannot be used in a child. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.
 
It should be noted that amiodarone injections contain the preservative benzyl alcohol. Intravenous (IV) medicines that contain benzyl alcohol have been reported to cause a condition known as "gasping syndrome" when given to infants less than one month of age. Symptoms of gasping syndrome include gasping breath, low blood pressure, and a slow heart rate. The condition can lead to a heart attack and death.
 

Is Amiodarone Safe for Use in Older Adults?

There were not enough older adults in clinical studies to determine whether they respond to this medication any differently than younger age groups. Because older adults are more likely to have other medical conditions that may increase their risk for certain amiodarone side effects, they may need to be more closely monitored while taking this medication.
 

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medication for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Amiodarone may be prescribed off-label to treat:
 
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