Cordarone belongs to the family of drugs called antiarrhythmic that is used to treat a certain disorders of the heart. Cordarone is generally prescribed to treat arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats. It may also be prescribed for other reasons.
The active ingredient in the tablet is Amiodarone hydrochloride. The other inactive non-medical ingredients of the tablet include silicon dioxide in colloidal form, cornstarch, Magnesium stearate, povidone, lactose, and FD&C Red No.40.
Cordarone is used to treat only Arrhythmias, which is a heart disorder in which irregular heartbeats are experienced. The tablet can restore the rhythm of the heart and maintain a normal, regular and steady pace of heartbeats.
Cordarone is also used to treat the types of arrhythmia that are considered fatal like persistent ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia.
Most of the below-mentioned side-effects are common but they do not always occur. Some of them are rare but can be serious.
On observing any of the above-mentioned reactions, a doctor should be contacted immediately.
The dosage and duration prescribed by the doctor must be followed. This tablet should be taken orally and must be swallowed as a whole. You should not chew, crush or break the tablet. It can be taken along with or without food but the time of consumption should be maintained throughout the course of the tablet.
The dosage may vary according to various factors such as age, body weight etc., but in most cases, the following dosage is prescribed:
In case you miss a dose, skip it entirely and continue with the regular schedule. Never double your dosage to make up for the skipped dosage.
Amiodarone changes the mode in which the electrical impulses affect the heart muscles and makes the heart beat more regular. This action is done by blocking the abnormal electric signal in the heart. By doing so, the heart corrects the irregular heartbeat to a regular rhythm.
The following are the precautions that have to be followed for the duration of consumption of Cordarone:
The following medications have the same composition and functions of Cordarone and hence can be used as substitutes:
Amiodarone interacts with certain other drugs. While some interactions may lead to the increased risk of side-effects, some may weaken the strength of Amiodarone.
All the drugs consumed regularly or otherwise should be discussed with your doctor. This will help the doctor make an informed choice before prescribing the medicine. This includes supplements and herbal medicines.
Ans: Yes. Amiodarone, the main ingredient of Cordarone is rich in Iodine.
Ans: Yes. Cordarone can lead to lethal or drastic effects when an inappropriate dosage is taken.
Ans: Yes. Cordarone is dialyzed.
Ans: No. Cordarone is not a steroid. It belongs to the class of anti-arrhythmic drugs.
Ans: No. Cordarone does not stimulate the T4 receptors directly. Based on how your body responds, certain reactions can stimulate T4 receptors indirectly.
Ans: Fatigue is a common side-effect of Cordarone. It may occur in some people while it may not in some. If chronic fatigue persists for longer period, contact your doctor.
Ans: Balancing trouble is a less-reported side-effect of Cordarone. Contact your doctor for further clarity if you suffer from balancing troubles.