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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Amiodarone
Answer: Amiodarone has several potential side effects that need to be followed by the prescribing physician. Liver function tests are usually done on a regular basis. Due to the possibility of pulmonary fibrosis(1%) pulmonary function tests and diffusing capacity are done once to twice a year (a baseline when starting the drug is usually done). EKGs are usually done to check the electrical intervals to see that they are not progressing in the wrong direction. There are the usual tests on this drug which most physicians would perform regularly/occasionally depending on symptoms and other risk factors.
Answer: Amiodarone(Cordarone) is a class III antiarrythmic drug which possesses some of the characteristics of all four antiarrhythmic drug classes. It was initially used to treat ventricular arrhythmias, but over the last several years has been used mainly for atrial arrhythmias. Possible side effects include low blood pressure, liver damage, cardiac rhythm irregularities (including asystole and cardiac arrest), and nausea. It is a very effective drug in the right circumstances, but should not be used lightly.