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Amiodarone Hydrochloride Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

AMIODARONE (a MEE oh da rone) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. Because of the side effects caused by this medicine, it is only used when other medicines have not worked. It is usually used for heartbeat problems that may be life threatening.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • lung disease

  • other heart problems

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to amiodarone, iodine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. However, you should always take it the same way each time. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • abarelix

  • apomorphine

  • arsenic trioxide

  • certain antibiotics like erythromycin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, pentamidine

  • certain medicines for depression like amoxapine, tricyclic antidepressants

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, ibutilide, propafenone, sotalol

  • certain medicines for malaria like chloroquine, halofantrine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • haloperidol

  • hawthorn

  • maprotiline

  • methadone

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, thioridazine

  • pimozide

  • ranolazine

  • red yeast rice

  • vardenafil

  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for seizures like phenytoin

  • certain medicines for thyroid problems

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cholestyramine

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclosporine

  • dextromethorphan

  • diuretics

  • fentanyl

  • general anesthetics

  • grapefruit juice

  • lidocaine

  • loratadine

  • methotrexate

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)procainamide

  • quinidine

  • rifabutin, rifampin, or rifapentine

  • St. John's Wort

  • trazodone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Amiodarone Hydrochloride Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

AMIODARONE (a MEE oh da rone) is an antiarrhythmic drug. It helps make your heart beat regularly. Because of the side effects caused by this medicine, it is only used when other medicines have not worked.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • lung disease

  • other heart problems

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to amiodarone, iodine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • abarelix

  • apomorphine

  • arsenic trioxide

  • certain antibiotics like erythromycin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, pentamidine

  • certain medicines for depression like amoxapine, tricyclic antidepressants

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, ibutilide, propafenone, sotalol

  • certain medicines for malaria like chloroquine, halofantrine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • haloperidol

  • hawthorn

  • maprotiline

  • methadone

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, thioridazine

  • pimozide

  • ranolazine

  • red yeast rice

  • vardenafil

  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin

  • certain medicines for seizures like phenytoin

  • certain medicines for thyroid problems

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • cholestyramine

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclosporine

  • dextromethorphan

  • diuretics

  • fentanyl

  • general anesthetics

  • grapefruit juice

  • lidocaine

  • loratadine

  • methotrexate

  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)

  • quinidine

  • rifabutin, rifampin, rifapentine

  • St. John's Wort

  • trazodone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored closely when you first begin therapy. 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.

Your eyes may get dry while you are using this medicine. It may be helpful to use a lubricating eye solution or artificial tears solution. Check with your doctor or health care professional for regular eye examinations.

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

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • cough with or without blood

  • dark urine

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • feeling faint or light-headed

  • intolerance to heat or cold

  • nausea, vomiting

  • pain and swelling of the scrotum

  • pain, tingling, numbness in feet, hands

  • problems with balance, talking, walking

  • 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 eyes, 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

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.


What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program of exercise, education, counseling and training that helps patients with heart disease achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 2 program at the Wellness Center includes three 60-minute sessions per week and usually lasts for 12 weeks depending on insurance or the physician's prescription. A Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation program is now available.

Candidates for cardiac rehabilitation

Patients with stable coronary heart disease are suitable candidates for this program. This includes patients diagnosed with:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stable angina
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Angioplasty or stent placement
  • Heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery)
  • Heart Transplant

Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation program

Phase 2 Cardiac Rehab  participants are usually referred by their cardiologist or primary care physician. Exercise sessions are monitored through telemetry (ECG) monitors and begin with an appropriate individualized exercise level that will gradually progress in duration and intensity.

Blood pressure, heart rate and signs and symptoms are all monitored before and during each session by our team of specialists. During this phase, participants enjoy a personalized exercise program tailored to achieve their specific fitness goals, using state of the art equipment. Upon completion of the program, patients are ready and able to continue their home exercise program or join the maintenance program at The Wellness Center.

Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation program

Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation is another option for a hospital-based cardiac rehab. The patient will take part in a closely supervised non-EKG-monitored exercise program.  Patients will have the opportunity to learn about lifestyle changes, risk factor reduction via educational classes, nutrition, and cardio and strength exercise. Trained wellness center staff will monitors patients’ blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate and perceived exertion levels. 

* A patient may begin the phase 3 program only after receiving physician’s approval. This program is $10 per session and is not covered by insurance. For more information, please call 954-355-4861.

Educational component

Through biweekly classes, patients gain a better understanding of heart disease and the importance of lifestyle management. Taught by a team of cardiac health experts, topics include:

  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Angina and latest treatments
  • Weight loss
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Stress management
  • Food label reading
  • Heart healthy lifestyle changes
  • Coronary disease

Benefits of a hospital-based program

Our hospital setting provides a highly specialized program in a safe environment. The cardiac rehabilitation program is conducted by a team of highly trained specialist and includes:

  • Cardiologists
  • Nurses
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Dietitians
  • Psychologists

How does exercise help?

Exercise plays a significant role in reducing heart disease. A major part of cardiac rehabilitation consists of safe, personalized exercise therapy monitored by our trained professionals. Exercise sessions take place at The Wellness Center where patients have access to a wide range of the latest exercise equipment and a diverse class schedule, including a variety of aerobics, strength training, yoga, tai chi, and Pilates.

Cardiovascular exercise will help:

  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improve stamina and muscle tone
  • Increase the heart's efficiency
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Control body weight
  • Improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Improve self-confidence and overall sense of well-being

Getting started

Most insurance companies reimburse for cardiac rehabilitation. A prescription and insurance verification is required prior to starting the program.

If you are interested in our cardiac rehabilitation program and would like more information, please contact the Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center at 954-712-4275.

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