Amiodarone affects the rhythm of your heartbeats.

Amiodarone is used to help keep the heart beating normally in people with life-threatening heart rhythm disorders of the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart that allow blood to flow out of the heart). Amiodarone is used to treat ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.

Amiodarone is for use only in treating life-threatening heart rhythm disorders. You will receive your first few doses in a hospital setting, where your heart rhythm can be monitored using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).

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  • Cordarone, Pacerone
  • More common
    Cough
    dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
    fever (slight)
    numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
    painful breathing
    sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
    shortness of breath
    trembling or shaking of the hands
    trouble with walking
    unusual and uncontrolled movements of the body
    weakness of the arms or legs
    Less common
    Blue-gray coloring of the skin on the face, neck, and arms
    blurred vision or blue-green halos seen around objects
    coldness
    dry eyes
    dry, puffy skin
    fast or irregular heartbeat
    nervousness
    pain and swelling in the scrotum
    sensitivity of the eyes to light
    sensitivity to heat
    slow heartbeat
    sweating
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    trouble with sleeping
    unusual tiredness
    weight gain or loss
    Rare
    Skin rash
    yellow eyes or skin
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    agitation
    back, leg, or stomach pains
    bleeding gums
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    bloating
    blood in the urine
    bloody, black, or tarry stools
    blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    blurred or double vision
    chest pain
    chills
    clay-colored stools
    coma
    confusion
    confusion as to time, place, or person
    coughing or spitting up blood
    cracks in the skin
    dark urine
    decreased urine output
    depression
    diarrhea
    difficult or labored breathing
    difficult urination
    dry cough
    eye pain
    fast heartbeat
    fatigue
    general body swelling
    high fever
    holding false beliefs that cannot be change by fact
    hostility
    inability to have or keep an erection
    indigestion
    irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
    irritability
    itching
    joint or muscle pain
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    lethargy
    loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
    loss of heat from the body
    lower back or side pain
    mood or mental change
    muscle cramps or spasms
    muscle pain or stiffness
    muscle twitching
    no breathing
    noisy breathing
    nosebleeds
    pain in the abdomen, groin, or scrotum
    pain or burning with urination
    pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
    pale skin
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    rapid weight gain
    rash
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    red, irritated eyes
    red, swollen skin
    scaly skin
    seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
    seizures
    severe headache
    sneezing
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in mouth
    stupor
    swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
    swelling of the scrotum
    swollen or painful glands
    tightness in the chest
    troubled breathing
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood
    wheezing
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with amiodarone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Constipation
    headache
    loss of appetite
    nausea and vomiting
    Less common
    Bitter or metallic taste
    decrease in sexual interest
    decreased sexual ability in males
    dizziness
    flushing of the face
  • (amiodarone hydrochloride) tablet