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Clinical EffectsIn general, Cordarone is a very effective antiarrhythmia medication. However, the actual effectiveness of the medication depends on several factors, such as:
- The type and severity of the arrhythmia being treated
- Whether a person responds to and is able to tolerate the medication
- Whether other antiarrhythmia medicines are being used.
When and How to Take ItSome general 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, although some people may need to take it twice 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 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.
- 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 dose 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.