GENERIC NAME: AMIODARONE - INJECTION (am-ee-OH-duh-rown)
BRAND NAME(S): Cordarone
WARNING: This medication must be used in a hospital setting under close medical supervision. A response may not be seen until up to 3 weeks after the medication is started. Amiodarone stays in your body for weeks or months, even after you are no longer taking it. If you are taking any drugs that may interact with this medication, caution is advised during and several months after treatment has stopped. (See Drug Interactions section.) Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Severe (sometimes fatal) lung or liver problems have infrequently occurred in patients using this drug. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these serious side effects: cough, fever, chills, chest pain, difficult or painful breathing, severe stomach pain, fatigue, yellowing eyes or skin, or dark urine. Like other medications used to treat irregular heartbeats, amiodarone can infrequently cause them to become worse. Due to the lingering amount of this drug in your body, heartbeat problems may occur even months after you have stopped using it. This drug may cause serious vision changes such as seeing halos and blurred vision. Very rarely, cases of permanent blindness have been reported. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any vision changes.
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