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Had my first ablation 6/5 and after leaving the hospital two days later I went back in to afib. EP wants me to take amiodarone for 3 months. I have read about the drug and all the side effects and have decided not to take it. Has anyone else had experience with this drug? Thanks for the insight. Jerry
Jeanamo815, June 9, 2018 1:15pm EST
Jerry...welcome to this forum. Amiodarone, while it can control a-fib, is a toxic drug that can affect other organs in the body including the lungs, kidneys, liver, and thyroid. Sometimes a person can take it for a short period of time with no bad side effects, while others may experience side effects after a short time. This medicine should be avoided if there are other alternative medicines that are less toxic. Express your concerns to your EP and ask him/her if there is another medicine that you can try instead. Two options that I know of are Sotalol and Multaq....but this will depend on your doctor's evaluation of your particular case. There may be other options as well. Since your ablation is recent, you can expect episodes of a-fib for the approximate 3 month period in which it takes the heart to heal. I hope you will be able to find a suitable drug for your needs without taking amiodarone and that your ablation will prove to be successful.
Wishing you the best,
(My A-fib Experience Community Leader)
JerryG, June 9, 2018 3:37pm EST
Thank you for your response Jean. I am going to talk with the doctor this week because I don't feel comfortable taking this medication. I appreciate your advice and guidance. Looking forward to learning more from this site. Jerry
BJB, June 22, 2018 9:19pm EST
Jerry, I had a similar experience last year after my first catheter ablation. I came home on Friday and had a 20-hour Afib Friday night through Saturday and a second 20-hour Saturday night through Sunday. I was continuing taking Propafenone, which I had taken for several years. My EP put me on amiodarone immediately for three months and I had serious questions about it! I had intermittent Afib through my blanking period, but at the end of that period my EP allowed me to go off amiodarone and use "pill-in-a-pocket" with Propafenone. I continued with Afib about once a month and elected to have a second ablation last week. So far, I have not had Afib. My EP did not put me on amiodarone this time; I am continuing with Propafenone, which I have taken for about ten years.
I was very concerned about amiodarone and was relieved when my EP took me off it at the end of the blanking period. I did NOT have side effects, though.