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Cordarone oral

Amiodarone; Dronedarone/Digitalis Glycosides

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Medical warning:

Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

When these two medicines are taken together, your body may not process your digitalis glycoside properly.

What might happen:

The digitalis glycoside levels in your body may increase and cause toxic effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, a very slow heartbeat, or vision changes including yellow/green color halos.

What you should do about this interaction:

Contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) as soon as possible about taking these two medicines together. Your doctor may check your blood level of digitalis glycoside and adjust your dose.Your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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