I was prescribed amiodarone January 2009 and in July almost died from this. I am 67 years old and up to now in good health. I'm currently on prednisone suffer from extreme shortness of breath and dont have the energy to even wash the car. My cardiologist never did any follow up on this drug even to this day he has not contacted me. I have a tentative appointment with a new cardiologist hopefully soon, and also with a respirology specialist some time this month, with catscan etc. Originally I was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia. Some of my questions are---how much risk am I at while waiting for these appointments?----can I expect to get any of my lung function back?----how long will I have to be on prednisone, it is playing havoc with my blood glucose levels and I am not diabetic ( yet )?---I cant even consider giong back to work in my present condition so I have some serious financial concerns, is there any help out there for me? Anyone with a similar situation I wpuld like to hear from with medical or any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I'm sorry I don't have anything helpful to add. Just a quick search for amiodarone reveals it's a very old drug (developed in the 50s) with a very long list of toxic side effects including lung issues. It left me wondering why it's still prescribed. Some of the top few results were from lawyers who take on personal injury cases for those who've taken this medication.
You are probably going to be better off searching google and other blogs for help at this point, I don't think there's going to be much experience with this issue here, but I could be wrong. And before going on any drugs, google them to see the side effects and feedback.
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