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Amiodarone Hydrochloride is an antiarrhythmic drug indicated for the prevention of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia when the disorders have not responded to other available antiarrhythmics. The drug is sold by Upsher-Smith Laboratories as Pacerone and by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories as Cordarone.   Cordarone is typically prescribed for treatment of arrhythmias in adults but the drug manufacturer acknowledged that the drug is used "off-label" for treatment of the same condition in infants and young children.

Administration of Cordarone to children may cause breathing and cardiovascular problems. In addition, administration of the I.V. form of the drug to very young male children may interfere with the development and functioning of the male reproductive organs.

Side effects include, but may not be limited to, excessive tiredness, tremor and involuntary movements, upset stomach, vomiting, loss of appetite and skin sensitivity. Amiodarone Hydrochloride has been linked to lung, liver and eye damage. In some cases, patients' heart rhythms worsened.

See a doctor if your child has suffered serious health problems after taking Cordarone. Additionally, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your child's legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence a lawsuit.