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Side effects can be severe so long term treatment is specialist initiated for life-threatening arrhythmias or where there is no alternative. Amiodarone is a very useful antiarrhythmic that possesses class III properties. It is irritant and extravasation can be serious. Patients should be fully counselled regarding the risks of long term Amiodarone therapy.
|Amiodarone (Cardiac arrest)||300 mg||stat||IV in 20 - 30 ml of NS or D5W usually after 3rd shock.|
|Amiodarone (Arrhythmias)||150-300 mg||stat||Slow IV in 250 ml 5% dextrose over 30-60 mins|
|Amiodarone (Arrhythmias Loading IV)||900 mg||over 24 hours||Slow IV in 250 ml 5% dextrose over 24 hours in 500 ml 5% Dextrose by central line|
|Amiodarone (Oral loading)||200 mg||OD||PO. oral loading 200 mg TDS for one week then BD for a week then OD|