Amiodarone HCl Drug Information
People who have potentially life-threatening heart rhythm problems may receive a medication called amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, Nexterone®). However, before taking this drug, your healthcare provider needs information on your medical history and a current list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.
Amiodarone hydrochloride (HCl) is the active ingredient in Cordarone and Pacerone, two brand-name medications that are taken by mouth. It also comes as an injection (Nexterone) that is given slowly in a vein (intravenous, or IV, infusion).
This drug is specifically approved to treat serious ventricular arrhythmias, which are an abnormal heartbeat that begins in the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles). It is reserved for use in people who have not adequately responded to or who cannot tolerate other medications. Side effects are common, and can include nausea, fatigue, and vomiting.
(Click Amiodarone to learn more about this drug, including detailed information on how it works, when and how to take it, and how to help minimize your risk for potentially dangerous complications.)