How it works
Cordarone alters the effect of electrical impulses on the heart and makes the heart beat more often.
Guidelines for Usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.
Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.
Grapefruit and its related components must be avoided completely while you are using Cordarone.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How and where do i store Cordarone
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.
To be avoided
You must avoid using Cordarone if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it including iodine;
· You have complete, second degree, third degree, or severe sinoatrial heart block; an abnormally slow heartbeat; or shock due to serious heart problems; or if you have had fainting due to slow heartbeat (except if you have a pacemaker) ; you are taking cisapride, dofetilide, an H1 antagonist (eg, astemizole, loratadine, terfenadine), an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, ritonavir), a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (eg, vardenafil), or a streptogramin (eg, dalfopristin, quinupristin).
Cordarone is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness and blurred vision in some people. These effects will only aggravate if you consume alcohol along with Cordarone. So, tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery etc are best avoided until you know how your body will react to Cordarone.
Yes. At times, your dosage might require monitoring or altering especially if
· A blue-gray discoloration of the skin, particularly of the face and hands may occur. But this is temporary and usually reverses although incompletely at times. Avoid venturing out into the sun to prevent this.
Traces of Cordarone are known to remain in the system for months after completing treatment. Ensure that your doctors or lab technicians know that you were undergoing treatment with this.
Cordarone may make your skin more prone to sunburns. Avoid venturing into the sun or exposure to sunlamps or tanning booths.
You must learn to monitor your pulse rate.
Doctors may prescribe electrocardiogram (ECG), chest x-rays, lung tests, liver tests, thyroid tests, and eye exams. Please ensure that you do not miss out on any laboratory tests.
Elderly people are more likely to experience side effects while using the drug. If the side effects are bothersome, then seek medical help.
Information for Pregnant Women
The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category D.
Cordarone is found in breast milk. Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication. Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.