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Generic: amiodarone
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored closely when you first begin therapy. Often, this drug is first started in a hospital or other monitored health care setting. Once you are on maintenance therapy, visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because your condition and use of this medicine carry some risk, it is a good idea to carry an identification card, necklace or bracelet with details of your condition, medications, and doctor or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

You should have regular eye exams before and during treatment. Call your doctor if you have blurred vision, see halos, or your eyes become sensitive to light. Your eyes may get dry. It may be helpful to use a lubricating eye solution or artificial tears solution.

If you are going to have surgery or a procedure that requires contrast dyes, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blue- gray coloring of the skin
  • blurred vision, seeing blue green halos, increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • dark urine
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • feeling faint or light- headed
  • intolerance to heat or cold
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain and swelling of the scrotum
  • pain, tingling, numbness in feet, hands
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • spitting up blood
  • stomach pain
  • sweating
  • unusual or uncontrolled movements of body
  • unusually weak or tired
  • weight gain or loss
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • trouble sleeping

               
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