Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp

Category:
Type

Injection

Feature

150mg3ml

Unit

amp

Formula

Amiodarone

Composition

Amiodarone 150 mg

Brand

Sanofi-aventis

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

About

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is designed to save the lives of patients suffering from emergency (life-threatening) ailments such as cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat); which if left untreated may lead to heart failure and inadequate blood reaching the organs. Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp belongs to a group of drugs known as antiarrhythmic drugs that work by relaxing hyperactive cardiac muscles.

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is administered by trained medical professionals, as Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is found in solution form to be administered intramuscularly or intravenously.

The dosage might be altered after a few weeks depending on the patient’s symptoms. Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is not prescribed to individuals aged 18 years and below nor is it prescribed to pregnant and/or lactating women. Patients ought to discuss this with their physician before ceasing intake of the medicine even if the patient is no longer suffering from common symptoms.

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp might show mild side effects such as fatigue, blurred vision, skin rash, and headache which resolve on their own in a few days. During the treatment, the physician may ask patients to get their ECGs, liver function tests, and thyroid levels tested periodically. Drugs such as Diuretics, Laxatives, and anti-anxiety medications are said to negatively interact with Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp therefore patients must inform their physician of any drugs they may be ingesting before commencing treatment with Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp.

Indications

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp can be used to treat:

  • Atrial arrhythmias 
  • Ventricular arrhythmias 
  • Ventricular tachycardia 
  • Wolff-Parkinson White syndrome 

How Does Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Work

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp works by altering the electrical stimulation of the heart muscles; thereby ensuring that the muscles pump blood at the right time and at the correct speed.

How To Use Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is injected into the patient’s vein (intravenously) by a trained healthcare professional. For infusion purposes, Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is mixed with a compatible solution (for eg, 5% dextrose solution or normal saline) in an appropriate ratio. The area where the needle is to pierce the skin is first disinfected with an alcohol swab or any other disinfectant that the hospital has. Then the needle was uncapped and the solution was injected into the body. The solution is injected slowly (in a period of 20 minutes to 2-3 hours). Dosage can be given up to 2-3 times within 24 hours if need be. The area of the skin where the needle enters may slightly bruise or remain sore for 24 hours. After the injection the needle prick is pressed down (by hand) for 20 seconds, to make sure there is no bleeding and then a band-aid is placed on top. It is advised to not mix Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp with other medicines.

A thorough medical history is taken from the patient before administering Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp to make sure that they aren’t ingesting any drugs that might interact negatively with Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp. It is imperative that Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp be administered under the care and supervision of a physician.

Dosage

Adult Dosage

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp standard recommended dose is 5mg/kg body weight. Dosage may vary according to the situation and condition of the patient.

Child Dosage

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is not prescribed to patients aged 18 years and below.

Elderly Dosage 

For patients over the age of 75 years, the drug’s dosage may be lower than usual. If after a few weeks the patient’s symptoms do not decrease the physician may increase the patient’s dosage.

Pregnancy Use And Lactation

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is deemed unsafe to be prescribed to pregnant and breastfeeding women. If you are undergoing treatment with Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp and become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately, the doctor will ask you to stop using Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp.

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp:

  • Allergic reaction to Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp or any other drug or ingredient
  • Moderate to severe Heart disease/impairment 
  • Moderate to severe Thyroid disease/impairment 
  • Moderate to severe Skin disease/impairment 
  • Moderate to severe Lung disease/impairment 
  • Difficulty in vision or any other eye disease 
  • Pregnant or lactating women 
  • Steven Johnson’s syndrome 

Precautions 

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp:

  • Elderly patients 
  • Mild to moderate Heart disease/impairment 
  • Fever 
  • Alcohol abuse 
  • Mild to moderate Thyroid disease/impairment 
  • Mild to moderate Lung disease/impairment 
  • Body aches 
  • Patient is due to get surgery 
  • Skin rash 

Interactions With Other Medications

Please tell your doctor about the use of the following before using Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp:

  • Sotalol
  • Quinidine 
  • Procainamide 
  • Bretylium 
  • Disopyramide 
  • Antibiotics (such as Erythromycin, Co-triazole, etc)
  • Chlorpromazine 
  • Thioridazine 
  • Pimozide
  • Lithium 
  • Amitriptyline 
  • Antimalarial drugs (eg; Quinine, Chloroquine, etc)
  • Antihistamines 
  • Sofosbuvir
  • Daclatasvir
  • Simeprevir 
  • Diuretics 
  • Beta-blockers (eg; Propranolol)
  • Calcium channel blockers (eg; Diltiazem)
  • Laxatives 
  • Simvastatin 
  • Atorvastatin 
  • General anesthesia 
  • Amphotericin 
  • Corticosteroids 
  • Levofloxacin 
  • Tacrolimus 
  • Sildenafil 
  • Vardenafil 
  • Fentanyl 
  • Ergotamine 
  • Anti-anxiety pills 
  • Clarithromycin 
  • Anti-gout medications 
  • Blood thinners (eg; Warfarin)
  • Lidocaine (local anesthetic)
  • Digitalis 
  • Grapefruit juice 
  • Alcohol 

Adverse Effects

Common Adverse Effects

Like most medicines, Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp has certain side effects which include:

  • Stomach problems (such as nausea, constipation, vomiting)
  • Fatigue 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Skin rash 
  • Headache 
  • Decreased libido 

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp.

Rare Adverse Effects

If any of the following adverse effects are seen or felt, the patient is advised to immediately contact their doctor

  • Numbing of hands and feet 
  • Breathlessness 
  • Yellowing of the skin 
  • Feeling either hot or cold 
  • Weight gain or weight loss 

How To Cope With Some Of The Adverse Effects

  • Fatigue- Patients experiencing this adverse effect, are advised to take deep breaths, intake tea or coffee, get a good night’s rest, and not overburden themselves for a few days.
  • Blurred vision – This side effect tends to go away on its own if a few days; patients are advised to not operate heavy machinery or drive any motorized vehicles in the meantime. If blurred vision persists, please contact your doctor.
  • Feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) or diarrhea –Avoid eating rich or spicy food. It might help to take medication after food. If you’re sick, try drinking small, frequent sips of water.
  • Skin Rash- can be eased by applying soothing and healing lotions or creams such as calamine lotion/cream. Apply a cold compress to the rash helps reduce itchiness and redness caused by the rash. An antihistamine (prescribed by a doctor) is also recommended as an effective way to combat any skin rash.
  • Headaches- In which case make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid the use of alcohol. Take a prescribed painkiller. Consult your doctor if the headaches last longer than a week or are severe.

FAQ’S

#1. Why Must I Protect My Skin From The Sun While Taking Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp?

Treatment with Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp may lead to the skin becoming sensitive to sun damage and it is therefore recommended for patients to wear sunscreen at all times, along with hats and gloves whenever possible to protect themselves from sun damage.

#2. Does Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Cause Addiction?

No. This drug has shown no evidence to prove addiction of any kind in any patient.

#3. Is It Safe To Have Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Before Undergoing Any Surgical Procedure?

If the surgical procedure involves general anesthesia, the surgeon may ask the patient to stop their intake of the drug for 24 hours as Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is said to negatively react with general anesthesia.

#4. Can I Drive After Taking This Medication?

This medication is known to cause blurred vision hence if that happens kindly avoid driving or operating any heavy machinery.

#5. What If I Miss A Dose Of Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp?

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dosage time or the next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule.

#6. How Is Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Supposed To Be Taken?

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is administered by trained medical professionals, as Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is found in solution form to be administered intravenously.

#7. How Does Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Work?

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp works by altering the electrical stimulation of the heart muscles; thereby ensuring that the muscles pump blood at the right time and at the correct speed.

#8. Will Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Affect My Sexual Activity?

Yes. Unfortunately, research has concluded that Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp leads to a decrease in sex drive in patients while they’re undergoing treatment. These effects are reversible and a return to normal libido is seen once the treatment has stopped and Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is streamed out of a patient’s bloodstream.

#9. How To Store Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp?

Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp is to be kept away from the reach of children, in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to ruin certain drugs.

#10. Will Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp Affect My Fertility?

No, there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that patients experience a decrease in fertility.

#11. What Are Common Side Effects Caused By Cordarone 150mg Injection 1 amp?

  • Stomach problems (such as nausea, constipation, vomiting)
  • Fatigue 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Skin rash 
  • Headache 
  • Decreased libido