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Taking too much Cordarone may lead to a slow heart rate, liver problems, and even death. Therefore, make sure to seek immediate medical treatment if you believe you have overdosed on this drug. However, the overdose effects will depend on how much of the drug was taken, whether it was combined with other drugs, and various other factors.
Can You Take Too Much Cordarone?Cordarone® (amiodarone hydrochloride) is a prescription antiarrhythmia medication used in people with serious heart rhythm problems known as ventricular arrhythmias.
Effects of an OverdoseAn overdose with this medication can be extremely dangerous, and has even been reported to cause death. Possible symptoms of a Cordarone overdose may include but are not limited to:
- Loss of appetite
- A slow heart rate
- Heart rhythm problems
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Liver problems
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
Treatment Options for a Cordarone OverdoseIf the overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal or "pump the stomach" to help reduce the amount of the medication absorbed into the bloodstream. Dialysis is not expected to be useful in removing Cordarone from the body.
- Close monitoring of the heart rhythm using an electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Close monitoring of blood pressure
- Intravenous (IV) fluids
- Medications to treat a slow heart rate or low blood pressure, if they occur.