What is Amiodarone?
Amiodarone (generic for Pacerone or Cordarone) is a prescription medication used to treat cardiac arrhythmia - also known as irregular heartbeat. As an antiarrhythmic drug, amiodarone may also be used to treat fast heart rate (ventricular tachycardia) in adults who have not responded to other irregular heartbeat medications. Amiodarone addresses serious and life-threatening arrhythmias by blocking electrical signals that may trigger an irregular heartbeat. This helps maintain a consistent and steady heart rhythm.
Amiodarone can be taken orally or via injection. It is usually administered as an injection following an instance of heart failure and prescribed orally to treat life-threatening arrhythmia. Amiodarone injections are never prescribed for at-home treatment, and oral amiodarone is only prescribed for life-threatening cases of arrhythmia or tachycardia.