Pacerone Dosage

Pacerone tablets are taken once or twice daily to help control an irregular heart rhythm. The recommended starting dosage of Pacerone is usually between 800 mg and 1600 mg daily. The initial doses will be started in the hospital, where you can be carefully monitored. After your arrhythmia is adequately controlled, your amount can be gradually reduced.

An Introduction to Dosing With Pacerone

The dose of Pacerone® (amiodarone hydrochloride) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The severity of your arrhythmia
  • How you respond to the medication
  • Whether you develop side effects.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

What Is the Recommended Pacerone Dosage?

The recommended initial Pacerone dosage is usually between 800 mg and 1600 mg a day. The exact amount will vary for each person. Initial dosing will be started in the hospital and will continue until the healthcare provider determines that the arrhythmia is adequately controlled. This usually takes one to three weeks.
Once the arrhythmia is adequately controlled, the dose of Pacerone will be reduced to 600 mg to 800 mg a day for about one month. It will then be reduced again to the maintenance dose. The usual maintenance dose for most people is 400 mg, although some people may require higher or lower maintenance amounts.
Your healthcare provider will try to find the lowest effective maintenance dose that controls your arrhythmia and minimizes your risk for side effects. It may take several dosage changes to find the right amount for you. It is important that you let your healthcare provider know about any symptoms you may be experiencing.
If you develop intolerable or dangerous side effects, your healthcare provider may recommend you take a lower dosage or tell you to stop taking the medicine altogether. Because a dose reduction could cause your arrhythmia to return, you may need to be hospitalized while your amount is adjusted. Your healthcare provider may also want to check your Pacerone blood levels if you are not responding to the medication, or if you experience unexpected serious side effects.
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