Cordarone: Uses & Sides Effects

Cordarone is used to treat certain types of abnormal heartbeats.

How is this medicine (Cordarone) best taken?

Use Cordarone (amiodarone tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Take with or without food but take the same way each time. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.

If you take cholestyramine, talk with your pharmacist about how to take it with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets).

To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

Keep taking Cordarone (amiodarone tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cordarone?

If you have an allergy to amiodarone, iodine, or any other part of Cordarone (amiodarone tablets).

If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

If you have any of these health problems: Certain types of abnormal heartbeats called heart block or sick-sinus syndrome, shock caused by heart problems, or slow heartbeat.

If you have any of these health problems: Low calcium levels, low magnesium levels, or low potassium levels.

If you are taking any drugs that can cause a certain type of heartbeat that is not normal (prolonged QT interval). There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

If you take any drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) that must not be taken with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets), like certain drugs that are used for hepatitis C, HIV, or infections. There are many drugs that must not be taken with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets).

If you are taking St. John’s wort. Do not take St. John’s wort with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets). This medicine may not work as well.

If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Cordarone (amiodarone tablets). You may also need to avoid breast-feeding for some time after your last dose. Talk with your doctor to see if you need to avoid breast-feeding after your last dose.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Cordarone (amiodarone tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cordarone?

Tell all of your health care providers that you take Cordarone (amiodarone tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

You will need an ECG before starting Cordarone (amiodarone tablets) and during treatment. Talk with your doctor.

Low blood pressure has happened with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets). Sometimes this has been deadly. Talk with the doctor.

Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.

Have your heart and lung function checked. Talk with your doctor.

Have an eye exam as you have been told by your doctor.

Slow heartbeat and the need to get a pacemaker have happened when amiodarone was given with sofosbuvir and certain other hepatitis C drugs. Sometimes, this has been deadly. If you also take drugs for hepatitis C, talk with your doctor.

This medicine may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking Cordarone (amiodarone tablets) with your other drugs.

If you have a defibrillator or pacemaker, talk with your doctor.

Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

If diarrhea or throwing up happens, talk with the doctor. You will need to make sure to avoid dehydration and electrolyte problems.

A very bad eye problem has rarely happened with Cordarone (amiodarone tablets). This may lead to a change in eyesight and sometimes loss of eyesight, which may not come back. Talk with the doctor.

You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.

This medicine stays in your body for weeks or months even after you stop it. Before you start taking other drugs, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist that you have taken Cordarone (amiodarone tablets).

If you are 65 or older, use Cordarone (amiodarone tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.

This medicine may affect fertility. Fertility problems may lead to not being able to get pregnant or father a child. Talk with the doctor.

This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking Cordarone (amiodarone tablets), call your doctor right away.

Side Effects

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Constipation.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Not hungry.
  • Belly pain.
  • Headache.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Flushing.
  • Change in taste.
  • Change in sense of smell.
  • More saliva.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.