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Medications for Atrial Fibrillation

Other names: AF; AFib; PAF; Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

About Atrial Fibrillation:  A condition where there is disorganised electrical conduction in the atria, resulting in ineffective pumping of blood into the ventricle. Acronym: AF.

Drugs Used to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Xarelto C N 33 reviews
5.0

Generic name: rivaroxaban systemic

Drug class: factor Xa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

digoxin C N 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: digoxin systemic

Brand names:  Lanoxin, Digox, Digitek, Lanoxicaps …show all

Drug class: inotropic agents, group V antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

metoprolol Off Label C N X 59 reviews
6.0

Generic name: metoprolol systemic

Drug class: cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

diltiazem C N 34 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diltiazem systemic

Drug class: calcium channel blocking agents, group IV antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

flecainide C N 77 reviews
7.0

Generic name: flecainide systemic

Brand name:  Tambocor

Drug class: group I antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

sotalol B N X 33 reviews
7.0

Generic name: sotalol systemic

Brand names:  Sotalol Hydrochloride AF, Betapace AF, Sotylize

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group III antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

carvedilol Off Label C N X 14 reviews
4.0

Generic name: carvedilol systemic

Brand names:  Coreg, Coreg CR

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Multaq X N 23 reviews
6.0

Generic name: dronedarone systemic

Drug class: group III antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

propafenone C N 42 reviews
8.0

Generic name: propafenone systemic

Brand names:  Rythmol, Rythmol SR

Drug class: group I antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

rivaroxaban C N 34 reviews
5.0

Generic name: rivaroxaban systemic

Brand name:  Xarelto

Drug class: factor Xa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Lanoxin C N Add review
9.0

Generic name: digoxin systemic

Drug class: inotropic agents, group V antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Sotalol Hydrochloride AF B N X 4 reviews
8.0

Generic name: sotalol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group III antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Coreg Off Label C N X 1 review
6.0

Generic name: carvedilol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Tambocor C N 7 reviews
7.0

Generic name: flecainide systemic

Drug class: group I antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Digox C N Add review
10

Generic name: digoxin systemic

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Rythmol C N 4 reviews
6.0

Generic name: propafenone systemic

Drug class: group I antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Digitek C N Add review
9.0

Generic name: digoxin systemic

Drug class: inotropic agents, group V antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

dronedarone X N 30 reviews
6.0

Generic name: dronedarone systemic

Brand name:  Multaq

Drug class: group III antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

clonidine Off Label C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: clonidine systemic

Drug class: antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Coreg CR Off Label C N X 1 review
6.0

Generic name: carvedilol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

propranolol C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: propranolol systemic

Brand names:  Hemangeol, Inderal, Inderal LA, Inderal XL, InnoPran XL …show all

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group II antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Hemangeol C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: propranolol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group II antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Inderal C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: propranolol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group II antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Inderal LA C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: propranolol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group II antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Inderal XL C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: propranolol systemic

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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Symptoms and treatments

Mayo Clinic Reference

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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