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General Information on Taking Cordarone

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Cordarone include the following:
  • This medication comes as a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
  • You will probably need to stay in the hospital for at least a week when you first start taking Cordarone, so you can be closely monitored as the medication begins to work.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice during Cordarone treatment, as it can affect the level of Cordarone in your body.
  • You can usually take this medication with or without food; however, it is important to take it the same way each time. Try taking it with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
  • People who take 1000 mg or more of Cordarone, or who experience intolerable gastrointestinal (GI) side effects, should take the medication twice a day with food.
  • Try to take your doses at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • You will likely be started on a high dosage of Cordarone, which will be gradually reduced. Make sure to follow your individual dosage instructions carefully.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking this medication, even if you feel well, as your irregular heartbeat may return.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your Cordarone dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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