Amiodarone - page 2
Hi everyone! I want to try and understand Amiodarone better. To my understanding this is a drug used to treat fast HR, ex a. Fib. My question is, before you administer, do you check the BP? Doesn't this drug drop the BP? PO?... Read More
- 1Sep 3, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior Moderatorgoogle is your friend......Important safety information:
- Amiodarone may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Amiodarone with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not stop taking Amiodarone without checking with your doctor.
- Severe and sometimes fatal lung or breathing problems have been reported with Amiodarone. Contact your doctor right away if you develop shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, fever, or cough, or if you begin coughing up blood.
- Amiodarone may cause vision problems that may lead to permanent blindness. Contact your doctor right away if you experience vision changes (eg, seeing halos, blurred vision, loss of vision).
- Long-term exposure to Amiodarone may cause blue-gray discoloration of the skin, particularly of the face and hands. This effect is not harmful and usually reverses, sometimes incompletely, after the medicine is stopped. Avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun may help to prevent this effect.
- Limit alcoholic beverages while taking Amiodarone.
- It may take several days to weeks for Amiodarone to work. A response may not be seen for up to 3 weeks after the medicine is started.
- Amiodarone stays in your body for weeks or months even after you stop taking it. Use caution during treatment with Amiodarone and for several months after you stop taking it if you are taking any medicines that may interact with it.
- Amiodarone may cause skin reactions similar to serious sunburn or sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid the sun, sunlamp, or booths while taking Amiodarone. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Amiodarone before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery, including laser surgery on the eye.
- Tell your doctor if you have severe or persistent diarrhea while you are taking Amiodarone. You will need to take care not to become dehydrated.
- Your doctor may want you to check your pulse rate every day while you take Amiodarone. Learn how to monitor your pulse.
- Carry an ID card at all times that says you take Amiodarone.
- Lab tests, including electrocardiograms (ECGs), chest x-rays, lung function tests, liver function tests, thyroid function tests, and eye exams, may be performed while you use Amiodarone. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Amiodarone with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Amiodarone should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Amiodarone has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Amiodarone while you are pregnant. Amiodarone is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Amiodarone.
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