Flip the Switch

Nobody likes Amiodarone, not even the doctors who prescribe it. I recently wrote a post about it and all the side effects it can cause. A newer drug, Dronedarone, is usually recommended for younger patients. The longer you are on Amiodarone, the better the chances that the side effects will show. Dronedarone isn’t as effective as Amiodrone in controlling Atrial Fibrillation, but has less side effects.

New research released today at the ACC10 meeting in Atlanta shows that in two seperate trial studies, patients with controlled Atrial Fibrilation can safely switch from Amiodarone to Dronedarone in as little as two days.  If you have a slow heart rate (Bradyarrhythmia) or a long QT interval, the 48 hour guideline probably isn’t the best therapy for you. Your own cardiologist will be your best source of information.

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2 Responses to “Flip the Switch”

  1. Kathy Wimberly Says:

    My name is Kathy and my son Sam has hypoplastic right heart (tricuspid atresia and pulmonary stenosis). I have read your blog a few times and I just want to thank you for posting about research and efforts being made to save my sons life and the lives of so many. It means the world to me! Keep it up!
    Kathy

  2. It isn’t working « Adventures of a Funky Heart! Says:

    […] the Atrial Fibrillation drug that has been highlighted here before, isn’t living up to the hype. It was already known that it is not as effective as Amiodarone, […]

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