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My Dr. put me on Amiodaronea couple months ago.Now I tire…

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My Dr. put me on Amiodaronea couple months ago.Now I tire easily and have difficulty walking up a flight of steps without having to rest. I also have breathing difficulty. Any suggestions?

Doctor's Assistant: What over-the-counter and prescription medications are you currently taking?

I have been on Valsartan160 MG,Furosemide 40MG,Cavediol12.5 MG, NifedipineER 30MG for years and Rapoflo8MG for a little over a year. My over the counter drugs are Calcum 600, Vitim D3 2000, B complex and CoQ10.

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

I have no known allergic to any medicines.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I do have high blood pressure and prostrate cancer.

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Shortness of breath is a relatively common side effect of amiodarone, particularly when you first start taking it. However, this tends to improve over time while your body adjusts to the medication.

Since you have been taking amiodarone for a couple of months, it is something you will want to discuss with your doctor sooner rather than later (I recommend calling vs waiting until your next appointment). Taking amiodarone with furosemide has the potential to cause certain electrolyte imbalances (potassium) that could lead to dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, weakness, even fainting. I also recommend monitoring your blood pressure and heart rate regularly in the meantime (and keep a record of any abnormalities in order to discuss with your doctor as well).

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to ask.

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