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Lung damage and vision problems are some of the risks to be aware of during treatment with Cordarone. Other precautions for using this drug safely include warnings of potential drug interactions and possible concerns for women who are pregnant or nursing. If you have certain medical problems, such as heart block or a very slow heart rate, you should not take Cordarone.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Cordarone® (amiodarone hydrochloride) if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Heart disease, such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Had a heart attack in the past two years
  • Lung disease or breathing problems
  • Heart rhythm problems (other than the problem for which you are taking Cordarone)
  • Ever fainted or been dizzy due to a slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • A pacemaker
  • Thyroid problems
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Plans to have surgery
  • Been told you have low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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