Amiodarone is also associated with:
- heart block,
- low blood pressure,
- pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs),
- heart failure,
- cardiac arrest, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism,
- blue skin discoloration,
- liver failure, and
- cardiogenic shock.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 100, 200 mg. Injection: 50 mg/ml., 1.5 g/ml., 1.8 g/ml.
STORAGE: Tablets and injection should be kept at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
DOSING: The recommended dosing schedule is an initial loading dose of 800-1600 mg daily for 1 to 3 weeks, followed by 600-800 mg daily for 1 month, then 400 mg daily for maintenance. Response should be closely monitored and dosing is individualized for each patient. Amiodarone may be administered once daily or given twice daily with meals to minimize stomach upset which is seen more frequently with higher doses.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Amiodarone may interact with beta-blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin), propranolol (Inderal), metoprolol (Lopressor), or certain calcium channel blockers, such as verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan, Covera-HS) or diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac), resulting in an excessively slow heart rate or a block in the conduction of the electrical impulse through the heart.
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