How to Discontinue Use of Amiodarone


Amiodarone is a prescription drug used to treat irregular heartbeat. It is most often prescribed in patients who have an implanted defibrillator. Serious side effects include lung disease and thyroid problems--factors which prompt some people to stop using Amiodarone and seek alternative treatment. Long-term use can also cause a blue-gray skin discoloration, although this often goes away when a patient stops taking the drug. Follow these steps in tandem with a doctor's advice to stop using Amiodarone.

Things You'll Need

  • Prescription for Amiodarone
  • Consultation with a doctor.

The Steps

Talk with your doctor if you experience any of the serious side effects associated with Amiodarone, including difficulty breathing and decreased lung function.

Stop taking Amiodarone immediately if directed by a doctor to do so. The drug metabolizes slowly in the body and will continue to exert control over irregular heartbeat for some time, depending on the patient, after discontinuing use.

Decide on an alternative treatment plan if you stop using Amiodarone. Your physician may prescribe flecainide or dronedarone to treat your irregular heartbeat. Don't just stop taking your medication without talking to a physician.

Tips & Warnings

  • Amiodarone is prescribed only for life-threatening arrhythmias (irregular heaertbeat) due to the potentially life-threatening side effects.

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