Amiodarone Linked with Serious Side Effect in Women
The heart drug amiodarone has been linked with causing a serious side effect in female patients. Amiodarone is used as a treatment for atrial fibrillation, a heartbeat abnormality causing rapid vibrations in the upper chambers of the heart.
Marketed under the brand name of Cordarone, amiodarone was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1985. Although amiodarone was developed in the 1960s, the FDA was reluctant to approve the drug earlier because of reports linking it with serious pulmonary side effects.
Amiodarone and Women
Women taking amiodarone are at increased risk of developing a side effect requiring the need for a pacemaker. Although amiodarone is designed to regulate heart rhythm, it may exacerbate the problem in women, requiring the surgical implantation of an invasive cardiac device that regulates the heartbeat.
Although amiodarone is used by both men and women suffering from arrhythmia, its serious side effect only appears to affect women. Women taking amiodarone should consult with their physician to determine whether or not they should begin an alternate treatment.
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