Drug Challenge: Antiarrhythmic drugs
Jennifer Belavic PharmD

January 2011 
Volume 41  Number 1
Pages 64 - 64
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Do you know what they contain? Match the brand names in Section I with the generic ingredients in Section II._____ 1. Betapace (Berlex Laboratories)_____ 2. Multaq (Sanofi-Aventis)_____ 3. Rythmol (GlaxoSmithKline)_____ 4. Cordarone (Pfizer)a. amiodarone 200 mgThis predominantly class III antiarrhythmic is indicated to treat recurrent, life-threatening ventricular dysrhythmias. Common adverse reactions include bradycardia, heart block, QT prolongation, and photosensitivity. Because of possible pulmonary toxicity, it's used only in patients with life-threatening dysrhythmias.b. sotalol 80 mg, 120 mg, 160 mgIndications for this nonselective beta-blocker include life-threatening ventricular dysrhythmias. It can cause QT interval prolongation at higher doses. Common adverse reactions include fatigue, dyspnea, and bradycardia. A serious complication is torsade de pointes.c. dronedarone 400 mgThis drug exhibits properties of all four Vaughan Williams antiarrhythmic classes. Indications include

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