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User Reviews for Amiodarone

Also known as: Pacerone, Nexterone

Amiodarone has an average rating of 4.9 out of 10 from a total of 72 ratings on Drugs.com. 42% of those users who reviewed Amiodarone reported a positive effect, while 47% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Supraventricular Tachycardia   6.8
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Ventricular Tachycardia   6.5
15 reviews 33 medications
Ventricular Fibrillation   4.9
11 reviews 21 medications
Arrhythmia   4.2
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Summary of Amiodarone reviews 4.9 72 reviews

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Reviews for Amiodarone

Sam · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 11, 2021

For Arrhythmia: “Amiodarone kept me alive until cardiac ablation. All other rate & rhythm control drugs were ineffective, intolerable, or contraindicated. Side effects were absolutely horrible, especially in loading phase. At the end of loading phase, it was so bad I thought I was going to die and nurse recommended I go to the ER. The only things that allowed me to take this drug were dividing the daily dose & taking it once every 12 hours, taking 300 mg ubiquinol twice a day, taking a supplement with potassium & drinking a lot of orange juice (for the potassium). I have been off Amiodarone over 8 months, & side effects appear to be gone, except for effects on eyes/eyesight, which are known effects of this drug. Amiodarone did a good job of regulating heart rate & rhythm for the time I was on it, but a really rough ride. If something else works, avoid this drug if at all possible: last resort for afib. Only reason for 6 was benefit (life) outweighed horrific side/after effects.”

6 / 10
Sad September 28, 2020

For Supraventricular Tachycardia: “This drug is dangerous. My father took it after having a pacemaker/defibrillator put in It had a toxic effect on him crystallised his lungs and he died less than a month after taking amiodarone. Since his death I have talked to other people who had the same experience with their parents. BEWARE and look for side effects so you can stop it quickly!!!”

1 / 10
Bicky May 18, 2020

For Arrhythmia: “Om amiodarone I had panic attacks, couldn’t sleep, life was a challenge because I felt so bad...hard to describe how bad I felt. I would rather die than go back on that drug.”

1 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 28, 2020

For Arrhythmia: “Been taking 100mg Amiodarone and Bisoprolol 7.5mg per day for almost a year now. Side effects are feeling groggy next day and have sleeping problems. So take Zolpidem at times and Valarian Root and Passion flower to get a good nights sleep. Midnight to 9am most nights. Without sleeping aid I used to wake up between 4am and 5am and not be able to get back to sleep. Do not like taking sleeping pills but found it very difficult waking at 4 and not being able to get back to sleep. I am 79 years old and have never had sleep problems ever in my lift before taking Amiodarone and Bisoprolol for AF. It has worked to get my heart rate down from 140 bpm to 65bpm. But horrible not being able to sleep all night.”

8 / 10
Man in Spring, TX · Taken for less than 1 month January 14, 2020

For Ventricular Tachycardia: “I experience 10,000 or more PVCs every day, which reduce the heart EF. Started taking 200mg Amiodarone twice a day in December with no immediate side effects. After 30 days I will be taking 200mg once a day, and then drop to 100mg per day for the next few years. I am concerned about long term side effects, but will have to wait and see. Probably will need more frequent blood tests to be sure there are not some hidden problems. Amiodarone does eliminate some antibiotics I have used in the past, so I will need to find acceptable ones if needed in the future. All heart medications I take do not seem to have serious interactions with Amiodarone, but dosages may have to be changed..”

5 / 10
Jule · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 1, 2020

For Arrhythmia: “My husband died from pulmonary damage caused by amiodarone. He was in ICU for less than two weeks, two doctors told me the ARDs , scarring, pulmonary damage was caused by amiodarone. There is a statement in the print out from the pharmacy that amiodarone can cause death.”

1 / 10
jay · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 20, 2019

For Arrhythmia: “My mom was on this. It was slowly making her worse. She couldn't get out of bed, tired, hair falling out. She stopped taking this drug and come to find out, this drug can stay in your system up to 8 months after being discontinued.”

1 / 10
Ron · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 8, 2019

For Supraventricular Tachycardia: “I have been on this drug amiodarone for 3 years for V-tach resulting from bad wiring. For the lung problems, I take an expectorant periodically to relief congestion. I go to the gym three times a week and work out with weights and treadmill to combat muscle weakness and shortness of breath. Very important to keep weight down as this will add to shortness of breath. I use L-Arginine to help with male performance do not use Viagra...too dangerous. The ICD has shocked me around 8 times since 2014...this drug did not help with that. Ejection Fraction at 25%. Recently had an endo-ablation. Next is a epi-ablation as the doctors seek to eliminate this drug from my medication regiment. The shocks originally occurred prior to the prescribing of this drug. Once on 400mg/day shocks stopped. Last year dosage was reduced to 200mg/day and shocks returned four months later. Move to 600mg/day until ablation, now on 200mg/day since PVC's stopped. I am 69 years old.”

8 / 10
Jean-François · Taken for less than 1 month June 11, 2019

For Arrhythmia: “Started to take amiodarone 2 weeks ago and experienced almost all of its side effects, it was awful! I fell dizzy, confused, tired, out of breath, my hands were shaky and I couldn’t even walk due to numbness in the lower part of my body. I didn’t feel like myself anymore... I decided to stop, this meds was poison to me!”

1 / 10
Sad daughter · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 5, 2019

For Arrhythmia: “My dad was given amiodarone for AFIB. He was taking 800 mg for 10 weeks when he started getting short of breath. He played golf every day and was no longer able to even walk to his truck without feeling like he couldn’t catch his breath. A lung biopsy was done and he has advanced pulmonary fibrosis. He never smoke and has now been in ICU for 14 days. It’s so heartbreaking. He was a pretty healthy person who loved life and now he is told that the effects from this medication are irreversible. We do not know if he will ever be able to go home again.”

1 / 10
Rocco · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 28, 2019

For Arrhythmia: “Was on this drug for a couple of years until last summer when my Thyroid went super hyper. A specialist got my thyroid back to normal and feeling great with Bisoprolol, 12.5 mg per day and Perindopril, 8mg once per day. Amiodarone is a slow killer I'm sure, I tan easily but on that drug my skin would turn deep red/blue after a few hours. Sleeping was difficult and other elevations of organ counts, blessed that drug is far behind me!”

1 / 10
Ced9888 May 23, 2019

For Supraventricular Tachycardia: “I use amiodarone as current medical treatment for WPW Syndrome. It is very convenient as a medication as I have to take only 1 or 2 amiodarone pill per day as compared to other meds like beta blockers or flecanide which needs a round the clock dose. However, the downside is all the side effects that this medication have. From elevated liver enzymes for someone who does not consume alcoholic drinks to photophobia (light sensitivity) this med may not be for everyone. I wear tinted prescription lenses of 85% density day and night as I became sensitive to lights after 2 months of the treatment. But, I accept to live like a visually impaired person rather than constantly having tachycardia episodes that lasts for hours and having WPW attacks at night even when I sleep. Take it at your own risk bearing in mind that sometimes the therapeutic benefit it gives outweighs the side effects.”

8 / 10
Tabi · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 1, 2019

Cordarone (amiodarone) for Ventricular Tachycardia: “My age is 63 and went through CABG (Coronary artery bypass grafting) in January 2018. Tachycardia started in March 18. Normal pulse rose to 125-130. High Cordarone dosage given in the hospital. The loading dose 2400 mg first day. 1200mg next day and then cardioversion was carried out. After that 800mg daily for one month, 600 mg daily for 3 months, 400mg daily for 3 months, 200mg daily for 4 months and now I am into 4th month of 100 mg daily therapy prescribed for 6 months. Never experienced Afib or tachycardia after the cardioversion. Holter test was taken after every six month which was normal. Went through other blood tests also which have remained normal. No other symptoms were experienced.”

8 / 10
Homer · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 25, 2019

Pacerone (amiodarone) for Supraventricular Tachycardia: “The Pacerone takes a couple of weeks to kick in but works great after that.”

10 / 10
Killer · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 25, 2019

For Ventricular Tachycardia: “I have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, septal myectomy in April 2015. Had short runs of v tach that made my life awful. I have a defibrillator but how can you function always feeling unwell? It was decided by my physician and myself that I wanted my quality of life back -even if it killed me. It’s has been the best three years of my life. I’m back to farming and being physical and waking up the same as when I went to bed. Tested every 6 months .. it’s worth it to have more than just existence ..”

10 / 10
Broken · Taken for less than 1 month February 15, 2019

For Arrhythmia: “This medication killed my Dad. Acute onset Pulmonary Toxicity (Interstitial Pneumonia). Just 2 days after high dose injection following cardiac stenting (without informing my Dad of the risks) his lungs started showing opacities (never smoked a day in his life) but they discharged him anyway!! Doctors DO NOT know how to administer or monitor this very dangerous drug. After returning to the hospital with shortness of breath it took them another 4 days to start steroid therapy, by then the damage was irreversible. He was a very active 72-yr-old which is well above the recommended age limit of 60, and had chronic lung problems since childhood, which was well known by his treating physician. This is supposed to be a last resort drug, but it’s being prescribed recklessly!!”

1 / 10
Ray · Taken for less than 1 month January 27, 2019

For Ventricular Fibrillation: “This drug killed my father in a matter of a few weeks.”

1 / 10
Heart Matters · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 4, 2019

For Ventricular Tachycardia: “Nope. Nada, Never again. This med had me so doped I couldn't hardly function! When I would look to the left or the right my peripheral vision would literally bounce. Electrophysiologist allowed me to stop taking it but warned that we needed to wean off of it so that's what I did. This is one nasty medication if you want quality of life in spite of V-Tach!”

2 / 10
Deb · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 27, 2018

For Arrhythmia: “If you have a thyroid problem watch this drug. Hyperthyroidism people have to limit there iodine in take. This drug is loaded with iodine. Takes up to a year to get rid of it. It’s a toxic drug.”

1 / 10
0ldman · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 20, 2018

For Ventricular Tachycardia: “This drug can kill you! Avoid at all costs. Went from playing tennis, in two years on the drug to needing oxygen 24/7. Diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis 2 weeks ago.”

3 / 10
Rindy September 13, 2018

For Arrhythmia: “I have Parkinson's Disease. I was put on Amiodarone after developing atrial fibrillation after mitral valve repair surgery. It controlled the afib but exacerbated all Parkinson's symptoms. By the end of a month, I was so fatigued and lethargic that all I wanted to do was sit in front of a television set drooling. My cognitive processes slowed down, my motor coordination slowed down. I finally decided that I'd try without this drug. There was immediate reversion to pre-amiodarone levels of motor issues although it took about 6 months to reach full recovery. I had never had tremors prior to amiodarone, developed a slight tremor in one hand while one it. This has never cleared up but it hasn't worsened thankfully. If you have Parkinson's - beware. This may return your heartbeat to normal, but the side effects are not worth the benefit.”

2 / 10
john · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 11, 2018

For Arrhythmia: “I had persistent AFIB. If I went into AFIB I didn't drop back into rhythm until I was cardioverted. Once cardioverted -- I was OK for 5 years, then AFIB, cardioversion, OK for 3, then AFIB--ok for 1 year, repeat--- then OK for 6 months --- then the Doctor tried cardioversion 3 times while I was out and could not get me back into sinus rhythm. I stayed in A-fib for 1 year--- then started medication under another heart doctor. At the end of the following year Dr #2 successfully did cardioversion. 4 years without AFIB and I take one 200mg dose of Amiodarone daily but doctor also does blood tests and lung x-rays every 6 months! I feel great. My friend underwent heart ablation to avoid amiodarone and it was NOT successful and he will have to experience a second ablation and he's already got problems from the first surgery --- along with still having AFIB. I'll stick with my Amiodarone! I have been on it for 5 years now.”

9 / 10
Maxy · Taken for less than 1 month September 5, 2018

For Ventricular Fibrillation: “Was put on Amiodarone while in hospital then given 800mg to take when I got home was breathless when I left the hospital could not get my breath that night, 0 blood pressure rushed back to hospital next day lucky to still be here. Now all my records show allergic to Amiodarone. Was on Levothyroxine should never have been put on Amiodarone as it is full of Iodine. See Amiodarone Thyroid toxicity.”

1 / 10
3rd daughter · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 22, 2018

For Arrhythmia: “This drug killed my daddy. He started taking it in 2008 to help his arrhythmia and it didn't help much. He kept taking it because he trusted his doctor. Six years later he drowned to death on his own saliva. Cause of death: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis due to amiodorone.”

1 / 10
Molly1 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 22, 2018

For Arrhythmia: “In 2018 in AZ my AFIB acted up. I went a Cardiologist. He prescribed Amiodarone, 800 mg. 400mg AM&400mg PM. It helped & I went back to him, he told me to continue this dose. I saw him saw him a total of 3x's. At the end of my stay I felt worse. Swollen ankles, shortness of breath, no energy. I called Dr. left message & no reply. With added issues (dizziness, blurry eyes, back pain, cough) I had an appt at home w/my Cardio. He questioned me regarding Amio. When I said my Rx was 800 mg daily he was shocked saying I should have been on that dose for 10 days. He cut the dose in half. My primary ordered many tests. Angiogram, bld tests, Up GI/Colonoscopy, 4 Cat Scans, X-rays... My liver & kidney tests were high. He lowered my dosage until tests proved Amio toxicity in my liver. I've been off for a little over a month and I still have many side affects as stated above. I am only 66yrs & would NOT recommend this to anyone. It's a killer in disguise.”

1 / 10

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