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Amiodarone is a benzofluran prescription drug used to treat atrial and ventricular cardiac arrhythmias. This heart medication was approved in the United States in 1986. Amiodarone is considered one of the most effective anti-arrhythmia medications available; however its use is connected to a high occurrence of side effects.

An Amiodarone claim is the legal option offered to those who have experienced damages as the effect of taking Amiodarone. In an Amiodarone lawsuit, injured victims can obtain compensation for related medical expenses, loss of income or earning potential, and pain and suffering. An Amiodarone lawsuit may be the correct legal recourse for people who have suffered damages as a result of an Amiodarone overdose, adverse side effects, and other related injuries.

This high occurrence of side effects from Amiodarone is compounded by the fact that this medication has a very long half life. A half life establishes how long a medication takes to be broken down in the body. Amiodarone's half life is about 100 days. This suggests that the drug remains active in the body for months after suspended use. If adverse side effects are experienced when taking this medication, these symptoms may linger for a considerable amount of time even after treatment has stopped. Patients may experience the effects of Amiodarone up to six months after treatment has been terminated.

Amiodarane Side Effects

A number of adverse side effects may occur as a result of taking Amiodarone, which may establish an Amiodarone lawsuit. In the early phase of treatment the typical side effects are nausea, vomiting, anorexia, dizziness, and fatigue. One of the most dangerous side effects associated with taking Amiodarone is Pulmonary toxicity. Other acute side effects might include: lung problems, liver problems, the worsening of heart problems, thyroid problems, visual disturbances, skin discoloration, birth defects, tremors, fainting, and adverse neurological problems.

Amiodarone can have a devastating effect on the lungs. The manufacturers knew that as many as 17 percent of patients in some studies experienced lung damage; about 10 percent died. Patients taking the drug have also suffered severe thyroid, liver and eye problems, including permanent blindness. The FDA approved Cordarone and Pacerone only as a drug of last resort for patients with a recurring life-threatening heart condition known as ventricular tachycardia. Ventricular tachycardia is a life-threatening heart condition.

Drug interactions are also a complication that can be made worse as a result of Amiodarone's long half life. If a patient begins a new medication that interacts negatively with Amiodarone even months after treatment has stopped, they may still experience adverse health problems that occur as a result of this drug interaction. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may cause health problems in patients who are taking, or have recently taken, Amiodarone. The following drugs also have the potential to cause harm to a patient who is taking Amiodarone: Warfarin (an anticoagulant), Digoxin (a cardiac glycoside), beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, St. John's wart (an herbal supplement), and a number of other drugs.

Prior to taking any medication, it is important to speak to your physician about all present and recent medications that you may be using. If you experience any adverse health problem while taking Amiodarone, you should contact your physician as soon as possible. If you have been injured as a result of taking Amiodarone, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries, through an Amiodarone lawsuit.