Examples of Antiarrhythmics
Other types of heart drugs can be used to treat arrhythmias, too:
Why Take Antiarrhythmics?
Drugs alone may be enough to control heart rhythm, or you may take them in addition to getting a procedure, such as putting in an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Because these drugs only control abnormal heart rhythms, not cure them, you may have to take them for life.
In an emergency, doctors use a variety of drugs to control or convert an abnormal heart rhythm.
Talk to your doctor before taking any other drugs (prescription or over-the-counter), herbal remedies, or supplements in case they could cause problems because of the antiarrhythmic you're taking.
Tell your doctor right away if:
- Your arrhythmia gets worse
- Your heartbeat gets faster or slower
- Your chest hurts
- You get dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Your vision gets blurry
- Your feet or legs swell
You should also call your doctor if you have:
- Get a bitter or metallic taste in your mouth, or your sense of taste may change
- Lose your appetite
- Be more sensitive to sunlight
- Have diarrhea or constipation
When you start taking an antiarrhythmic, don't drive until you know how the medication affects you. Ask your doctor for advice about what else to avoid doing and when you can resume.