What is Amiodarone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Arycor Pacerone

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Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic drug used to treat and prevent certain types of ventricular arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm). It works by relaxing overactive heart muscles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Atrial fibrillation 29 30
Heart arrhythmias 15 16
Atrial flutter 7 8
Diastolic dysfunction 1 2
Palpitations 1 0
Ventricular tachycardia 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
11
Moderate
11
Mild
4
None
16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amiodarone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 2
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 2
Nausea and vomiting 2
Blurry vision 1
Chest congestion 1
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 1

Show all 26 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amiodarone

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 3
200 mg twice daily 2
100 mg daily 1
400 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Amiodarone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 12
Doctor's advice 8
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Amiodarone

Duration

Currently taking Amiodarone

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Amiodarone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 9
< $25 17
Not specified 16

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amiodarone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 2
Sotalol (Betapace) 2
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
Flecainide (Tambocor) 1
Propafenone (Rythmol) 1

Patients stopped taking Amiodarone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Digoxin (Lanoxin) 3
Flecainide (Tambocor) 3
Sotalol (Betapace) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Amiodarone

Mar 5, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (heart rate low (bradycardia), too low heart rate)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: caused problem with thyroid very low TSH high T4 stopped taking tsh started to rise low TSH caused A-Fib cut Amiodarone to 1/2 half / day 25 mg wateing for blood test
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 15, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    Severe (heart rate low (bradycardia), too low heart rate)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: stopped: low thyroid thyroid went back to normal
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 5, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    Severe (heart rate low (bradycardia), too low heart rate)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: things went well until Oct 2016 when going outside in temp <50 F result A-Fib keeping in temp 80 F cut back to 50 MG
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 25, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 5, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (heart rate low (bradycardia), too low heart rate)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: worry about toxic lung
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 22, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (heart rate low (bradycardia), too low heart rate)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mcg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 20, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart arrhythmias)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: after years of sever arrhythmia heart settled down
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 20, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart arrhythmi)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Amioderone keeps my heart rather controled. In July I have to have my pacemaker replaced at which time Amioderone willl be revaluated
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 10, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart arrhythmi)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My heart beats more smoothly with this medication
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 23, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: TO HAVE PERIODIC BLOOD WORK DONE, ESPECIALLY THYROID FUNCTIONS AND LIVER ENZYMES ALSO TO SEE WHAT YOUR BLOOOD LEVELS ARE. i WAS HAVING A BREAKTHROUGH OF ARRYTHMIA ON 200 MG SO THEY INCREASED IT TO 300 MG DAILY AND MY HEART HAS AGAIN SETTLED DOWN
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 12, 2008 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: TAKE THE MEDICATION - i HAVE HAD ARRYTHMIA SINCE CHILDHOOD AND TAKING AMIODERONE IS THE FIRST RELIEF I HAVE GOTTEN
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 30, 2009 (Started Mar 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atrial fibrillation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stay out of the sun, wear sunglasses. Expect more side effects over time.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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