amiodarone, Cordarone, Nextrone, Pacerone (cont.)

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In addition to being an antiarrhythmic medication, amiodarone also causes blood vessels to dilate (enlarge). This effect can result in a drop in blood pressure. Because of this effect, it also may be of benefit in patients with congestive heart failure.

Amiodarone was discovered in 1961 and approved by the FDA in December 1985.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Amiodarone is approved for recurrent ventricular fibrillation and hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia.

SIDE EFFECTS: Amiodarone has many side effects and several that are serious. This is only a partial list. Common side effects include:

Amiodarone is also associated with:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/21/2015

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