Q: Amiodarone is a Class III Antiarrhythmic agent. What does this mean?
A: Antiarrhythmic agents are classified into four classes based on their mechanism of action and the targets they act. Class III Antiarrhythmic agents primarily work by decreasing potassium levels and controlling abnormal heart rhythms. Other medicines in this class are Dronedarone, Sotalol, Dofetilide, etc.
Q: What else should I know before taking Amiodarone?
Amiodarone stays in your blood for a long time. It can have some potency and protective action on your heart for up to 1 month after stopping the tablet, this should be remembered, especially if you are planning pregnancy because you are advised not to try for at least 30 days after stopping to take Amiodarone. Treatment with Amiodarone should be given in a hospital setting or under strict medical supervision. Self-medication and self-adjusting the dose can be harmful....
Amiodarone can cause skin problems and increases your sensitivity to light.
You are advised to stay away from direct sunlight, use protective clothing and sunscreen lotions during treatment and up to 1 month after stopping Amiodarone.