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Comment from: daughter in mourning, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-6 months Published: September 08

My mother was prescriped this medication in June for A fib. She began feeling dizzy, lightheaded soon after. She tried to get an appointment with her doctor but by the time she was seen it was too late and she was admited to the hospital with 70% oxygen. She was sedated and put on life support and pumped full of steroids. After 30 days in the hospital she hadn't made any progress. The steroids and constant oxygen were the only thing keeping her alive. She spent weeks struggling to breath till she was so exhasted she lost hope. She passed away last friday. I discourage anyone from trying this killer drug. The side effects will kill you! It's not worth the chance.

Comment from: 66rancher, 75 or over on Treatment for 1-6 months Published: September 23

I had 10 or more side effects. Caused by blood pressure toodrop and I wold fall. I waked like a drunk from one side to the other. After a pace maker conditioned stayed same. After one month in rehab still on this drug. I QUIT the drug and went to another older drug and it has been 3 months and I am nearly back to my old self before this drug. As far as I am concerned it should be taken off market it has too many side effects and some life threatening.

Comment from: maggi, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: November 23

I have sun sensitivity, 46% reduced lung function, hypothyroidism, thinning hair,blurred vision and still get some fibrillation. I am very unhappy with the terrible side effects. My health is much worse using it.

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Comment from: amiodarone, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: September 19

Terribel reaction to the sun so have had to stop taking it. However seems to have got rid of the fibrillations

Comment from: southernbellak, 45-54 Published: March 24

My mother passed away in January 2011 after many years of being on amiodarone.Death certificate stated she had interstitial pneumonitis and respiratory. As you may know this drug causes respiratory failure and I believe it contributed to her death as she was never diagnosed or had any respiratory problems. Pulmonary fibrosis doesn't just creep up on you. Does anyone have any patient information pages from Wyeth prior to 2005 indicating this warning. This is a drug that should be used as a last resort and if you are taking it you should be monitored and have pulmonary functions, thyroid, and liver among other body systems. Thanks, Lynne

Comment from: Runner633, 35-44 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 29

I was on Amio for about a year when I went in for a lung test. The drug was working wonders and I hadn't had any episodes of VT in that time. However my lung test (PFT) showed that my lungs weren't working properly which was a side effect from this drug. I was deeply disappointed since I had already tried all the other anti-arrtyhmic drugs out on the market. I had to stop taking it immediately and 30 days later I had an episode of VT which caused my ICD to fire.

Comment from: Oliver, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years Published: July 20

I was having a procedure called Atrial Ablation, when the doctor nickef my heart, had to be rushed to the OR for Surgery. In hospital for 5 days heart did not go back into normal sinus rythum, put me on this drug. 4 Years later still on drug, having problems with shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, weight gain, stomack protrusion. Have had 4 Cat Scans in 4 years having another today to check for Amirohfdione Toxicty. Effecting my way of life even lost job. Been to four Pulmanologist they have sent me back to heart doctor. Also having Echo on Heart next week. Very frustrating.

Comment from: Bo, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: September 07

Taking 400 mg to begin treatment for A-fib. After about 3 weeks, I have experienced new problems. Bruise very easily, strong blood in urine, baloated stomach, possible swelling of kidney, Thyroid factor of 1.1 (bottom normal is 4.5), trouble with balance when walking, poor sleep, lots of yawning, swelling of feet and shins. I had seemed to be doing good and all of a sudden all hell broke loose. Primary concern was blood in my urine, but can't at this time verify that this medication is the cause...but it is highly suspected by me. I'll call doc tomorrow to report my findings. I am told that taking Warfarin (Coumidin) along with this drug may have caused some of the problems. This was not an issue that was expressed in the literature. I won't be taking any more.... unless it can be proven to me that these problems as listed above are not associated with the "Amio". I hope I don't die tonight from internal bleeding in my kidneys. I will have to admit, that being a 'party' weekend, I did not slow down on booze. I don't drink usually, so this weekend was an exception that may have contributed to the blood in my urine..which is bad.

Comment from: cordarone 100, 65-74 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: June 23

I have been taking this medicine since about the past 9 months when Holter examination showed some abnormality. Although this drug has helped me control arrythmia, i have some problem with my eyes. My vision seems to have deteriorated specially far vision.Could this be due to the medication. I am also taking Cardivas 25 twice a day since the last 10 years. My EF of heart is 23. My age is 70 years.

Comment from: ASD Repair User, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: July 08

I am taking 1-200 mg. Amio tablet a day as a post-open heart surgery for ASD (hole in heart) repair. I have noticed that I have more acid indigestion. From this site, I realize that part of the formula for Amio is HCL - basically, stomach acid. I have had problems with HCL before. Now I know why Amio is bothering me. Pepto Bismal tabliets help, but I might take something stronger.

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Comment from: Sam Licata, 75 or over Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: August 24

Lost 45 pds., Heat surges from feet to head, nausha, headaches, attacks nervous system,tremers & numbness of hands & feet, can not eat without getting sick, seems to interact with all medications, feel ill/sick all the time. Took pills 5 months & have been off 135 days. Still terrably sick. Been in Hospital 5 times. Lungs & esophagus hurt, eyes are being attacked. Not had Heart trouble before or medication before for Heart, arteries all clear, Dr's said no heart trouble. Can not drive or work during this time. Can not sleep at night.

Comment from: [email protected], 75 or over on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: December 21

s this is a new drug, for this problem...however I have other issues as well

Comment from: brutus, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 06

3 months only 1 bout of a fib lasting 2 hrs

Comment from: on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 21

Dizzyness & Light Headed

Comment from: amy, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: April 29

I am going to the cardiologist this very day, again, because of side effects of this medication which cause edema and shortness of breath. I am much more miserable than I was with the original condition, but will consider trying other medications for the SVT. I do dread the long time it takes to rid my body of the Amiodarone. I would not recommend this medication to anyone for any reason, even as a last resort.

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Comment from: 13-18 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months Published: October 27


Comment from: lloyd, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 08

I suffered with SVT's for two years afraid to go anywhere in fear of an attack. I was given this medication while in the hosp. with SVT and respatory failure. They had to keep me in a drug induced coma because of the tarcardia was so out of control. The doctors gave me this medication got my taccardia under control. I am still taking it. Have been on it for around 4 years.

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Comment from: Heartbroken, on Treatment for 1-6 months Published: September 24

Any doctor who prescribes this drug is a murderer. It killed my husband. We were not given a warning or an option. Didn't even know the drug was administered during heart surgery.

Comment from: Port, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: April 25

Fatigue, anxiety, sleeplessness, tremor and numb feet and lower legs that makes walking feel weird. Wish I could be put on somethinh else but dread the time it will take to get this toxen out of my body. Was put on beta blocker for high BP but after three months I could not operate in any normal way. I was grounded big time. They discovered that my average heart rate had fallen to 41 beats and took me off the beta blocker immediately. Two weeks later I feel a bit more energised but dread leaving home. Hope this is just the beta blocker taking time to leave my system.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

left me breathless can't now walk any distance

Comment from: perky, 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 03

Started this medicine in May 2008 after heart ablation in which they punctured my heart and had to have a tamponade. Was in intensive care (3) and on a ventilator for (1) day. Have been complaining of breathing difficulty since beginning of use, now am wheezing, skin rash, sensitivity to sun and has affected my thryroid medicine making me hypo. Am in the process of calling doctor to change medicines, any suggestions of a medicine that acually helps you instead of kills u?? Only good thing it has kept me in rhythm most of the time.

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