Amiodarone

(ay-mee-OH-da-rone)

Amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) is an antiarrhythmic medication used to treat certain heart conditions.

It is used to treat and / or prevent abnormal rhythms or "beats" of the heart.

It may be taken in tablet or liquid form.

  • Do not discontinue this medication without talking to your child's doctor.
  • Amiodarone may interact with other medications. Tell the doctor or pharmacist all other medications your child is taking, including prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and any herbal or nutritional supplements.
  • This medication should be given at the same time in relation to meals.
  • Your child should wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn when outdoors because of increased sensitivity to sun which may occur while your child is on this medication.
  • Check with your doctor before taking amiodarone if your child has lung, liver or thyroid disease.
  • Tell your child's doctor or dentist that he / she is taking amiodarone before any kind of surgery.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package. 
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

If a dose is missed, do not double the dose; just take the next dose as scheduled.

  • Cough
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Behavior changes
  • Tremors or abnormal movements of the body
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun causing your child to burn more easily
  • Breathing problems
  • Unexplained fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations or fast heart rate
  • Severe nausea / vomiting
  • Rash
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

Last Updated 11/2013