Atrial Fibrillation - has anyone been on amiodarone for longer than 3 yrs? Are you having any sideeffects? I have been sinus rythym for 3 yrs, but wonder how long Im supposed to be on this drug.
My husband is 71 and has been on Amiodarone since 2001. Long story, but he had a badly torn esophagus, became septic and spent most of three years hospitalized, with 8 surgeries. He wasn't expected to live but is doing fairly well. However, this left him with severe heart problems. Although we didn't want him on this med (our grandson has a heart problem and they managed to avoid putting him on it) because we were aware of the side-effects. As far as we know, my husband will be on it permanently. He has developed thyroid problems and is now on thyroid meds. He also has developed scarring on his corneas which is affecting his vision so that he can no longer drive. He has chest x-rays every 6 months and blood work every three months. He just had an eye exam today and they are referring him to an opthomologist to see if a corneal transplant might be possible.
They will also be doing eye exams every six months to ensure that the scarring is not worsening. Right now, our biggest concern is that the scarring will eventually cause blindness which is a rare side effect of this med. We are also going to see if there is any other possible med that they can now put him on. In 2001, there was not another med that worked on him. Your best option is to discuss this med with your doctor and, if necessary, ask for a 2nd opinion from a different doctor. Everyone has different heart problems and only your doctor(s) can help you make the right decision. Good luck!
Been on Amiodarone since 2006 when had congestive heart failure caused by AF. Had ablation procedure in 2008 but the AF still comes back n lasts months until I get cardioversion. Had cardioversion 6 times to stop reoccuring AF. I don't feel Amio is right for me n talking to Dr. about changing. I feel it effects my memory, I'm tired, now I take inhalers for my lungs and I never smoked!! It didn't help me but they scare me to keep taking it. Other side effects are shortness of breath, my vision got worse and can't concentrate like I used to.
I've been on it for over 5 years and now getting side affects. It has affected my eyes and my hands tingle all the time. My cardiologist doesn't want to take me off it but I am seeking a second opinion from an Electrophysiologist at the end of November. I see my cardiologist at the end of this month.
- Amiodarone Information for Consumers
- Amiodarone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amiodarone (detailed)
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