Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Amioderone - discontinue
After 30 years on quinidine sulfate for arrythmia, I past out 3 times within one hour about 5 months ago and was told I had atrial fibrillation.  The Dr. changed me to Amioderone.  I felt good for about 6 to 8 weeks and then after working outside for about 4 hours passed out again.  When this happens, I do not feel a racing heart nor do I feel any chest pain.  Since this last time I passed out, I have been dizzy, my thyroid is underactive, (now on thyroid medicine), and my heart rate is low in the 40 to 50 range.   I can also feel skipped heart beats etc.  I got a second opinion and that recommendation was to discontinue the amioderone.  Has anyone discontinued amioderone, and what was the consequences of that.  I expect to start on a drug that is not as agressive as amioderone in about 3 weeks.  In addition a pacemaker will probably be installed.    
Cancel
1 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
I was on Amiodarone after having a-fib.  I was on it for 2 months.  My cardiologist indicated that when you discontinue the medication, it can be done all at once.  I recall that my palpatations increased sometime after discontinuing use.  However, my cardiologist blamed this on high bp.  I then started Diovan to reduce bp which in turn reduced the palpatations.  

Becasue of the mechanism of action of this mediciation, it will stay in your system for many weeks (4 to 8 weeks).  It is important to consider this when starting a new medication.  Definitely raise this issue with your cardiologist.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1807132 tn?1318747197
Blank
MichelleP_3811
Chicago, IL
995271 tn?1463927859
Blank
itdood
PA
1423357 tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
Avatar f tn
Blank
CFS56
12492606 tn?1459877633
Blank
researcher09
CA
Avatar f tn
Blank
kaylamt
Recent Activity
874521 tn?1424120397
Blank
opus88 commented on photo
Sep 23
506791 tn?1439846583
Blank
Piparskeggr commented on photo
Sep 23
Avatar universal
Blank
Breakthrough
Sep 23 by fred256
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1807132 tn?1318747197
Blank
MichelleP_3811
Chicago, IL
995271 tn?1463927859
Blank
itdood
PA
1423357 tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
Avatar f tn
Blank
CFS56
12492606 tn?1459877633
Blank
researcher09
CA
Avatar f tn
Blank
kaylamt