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Amiodarone News

Listed here are some good sources of  information.

The sites I’ve listed at the bottom indicate conflicting views of Amiodarone use in the U.S.
The FDA clearly states indications of use for the drug and it is NOT for atrial fibrillation. It’s meant to be a last ditch effort for patients with ventricular fribrillation.
Nevertheless, the American Heart Association endorses the “off label” (i.e. not as directed on the label) atrial fibrillation which goes against FDA approval.
As I search the internet, I haven’t come across anything that states patients are required to be informed of risks in regards to this drug or any drug. Quite to the contrary, read the Consumer Reports article at the bottom and learn that doctors are not required to tell patients that the drug they are prescribing to them is not approved for that particular use by the FDA.


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Medication Guide for Cordarone (Several articles)

Washington Watch

New York Times (2 Legal Cases)

FDA Guildlines of Use for Amiodarone
FDA Guidelines to Providers Regarding Amiodarone

Medline (Who Should Use Amiodarone…People with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias per FDA guidelines)

American Heart Assiocation (Shows Amiodarone being promoted in an “off label” use against FDA guidelines)

Consumer Reports “Off Label Drugs: What Does It Mean For You?”

Learn About Atrial Fibrillation

Patient Communication Study

Amiodarone Case Study

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  1. gina Jagim says

    My father took Amiodarone for 2 weeks and has been off of it for 8 weeks but he still is so weak he cannot walk. Doctors do not know what is happening but I believe it is in his muscles still and effecting him. Is there anything that will help him get this out toxic drug of system, he is so depressed because just 3 months ago he was out white watering on the rivers in TN.

    • Susan says

      Hi…sorry to hear about your father’s condition. When my father became ill with amiodarone toxicity I noticed a different gait in his walk and he even seemed to be off balance at times. I didn’t know to suspect amiodarone and chalk it up to old age. Obviously, you are way ahead of where I was and I’m happy for you. While I do not have medical training, I can tell you from reading about amiodarone for a number of years, that it does take a good long time to exit the body. Did you find this brochure on the website: It may answer some of your questions. In addition,I encourage you to check out our Facebook group called Stop Amiodarone. You’ll find information and support there. From what you have written, I think you have nipped it in the bud. You just need to wait for the toxins to exit his body. It’s a horrible drug and I’m glad you found out early. Best Regards to you and your family.

  2. Steve S. Ryan, PhD says

    On my website, ‘: Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients’,, I have written many times warning A-Fib patients about Amiodarone Toxicity. To read my articles, just go to and in the ‘search’ box enter ‘Amiodarone’. You find my articles, plus the first-person stories of A-Fib patients who have been on Amiodarone. Educate yourself with real-life stories about Amiodarone.
    Steve Ryan
    A-Fib, Inc.

    • Susan says

      Steve, please view the real life stories on this website and have conversations with real life patients and their families on our Facebook page Stop Amiodaorne.

  3. Della Katon says

    How in Gods name do you get a Dr. to accept that amiodarone is reacting in a person. Lee has conjestive heart failure, was put on amiodarone in April 2014 after being in the hospital for another reason. His meds were changed around and he was in and out of the hospital for 2 months. Now he is on Hospice and the Drs. say there is nothing they can do. He is bruised all over, has trouble breathing, itching everywhere, body swollen, retaining lots of fluid, can’t walk around anymore, legs oozing fluid and feels terrible. The Drs. say this is all from the heart failure and not the Amiodarone. What to do?????

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