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LIs Pacerone a generic for amiodarone?
by James Yokley in Franklin, Kentucky USA, 01/12/2008
After two bouts of Atrial Fibrilation I was given cardiac verson which brought me back in sinus rhythm.I have been treated with Pacerone--1st week 400mg in a.m. and 400 mg in p.m.2nd week 200mg in a.m. and 200mg in p.m.--3rd week 200mg once daily for ...
by H in Boca Raton,Fl., 10/03/2006
I have read much about the serious side effects of Pacerone and that the FDA has only approved it for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Yet, I have been treated by two cardiologist for atrial fibrillation episodes with Pacerone and am currentl...
by carol carter in Camden, TN, 06/17/2006
Pacerone (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Pacerone (Oral) Medication Classification
AMIODARONE (By mouth)
Pacerone (Oral) Brandname
Pacerone (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Amiodarone (a-MEE-oh-da-rone) Treats irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Belongs to a class of drugs called antiarrhythmics.
When To Not Use Pacerone (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to amiodarone.
How Should You Use Pacerone (Oral)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Take this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered, even if you feel fine.
- May be taken with food to avoid stomach upset.
- You may need to carry identification showing that you are taking amiodarone. Ask your doctor about this. If a dose is missed:
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
- If you forget to take your medicine for two or more days in a row, check with your doctor.
- You should not use two doses at the same time.
Proper Pacerone (Oral) Storage
Store Pacerone (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Pacerone (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Pacerone (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using phenytoin (Dilantin®), a blood thinner (such as Coumadin®), other heart medicines (such as Lanoxin®, Inderal®, Tenormin®, Cardizem®, or Procardia®), or a diuretic or "water pill" (such as hydrochlorothiazide).
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
Pacerone (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have lung disease, liver disease, or thyroid disease.
- Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without asking your doctor.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking amiodarone before you have any kind of surgery.
- Talk with your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- This medicine can make your skin very sensitive to sunlight. This may last for several months after you stop taking amiodarone. Use a sunscreen when outdoors. Avoid tanning beds or sunlamps.
- After taking amiodarone for several months, your skin may look blue-gray in color, especially on areas exposed to sunlight.
Pacerone (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Cough, fever, or skin rash
- Tremors or trouble walking
- Tiredness or muscle weakness If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Headache or dizziness
- Blurred vision or colored vision such as seeing a blue-green halo around things
- Skin and eyes sensitive to sunlight
- Nausea, vomiting, or constipation
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Metallic or salty taste in mouth
- Decreased sexual ability or interest