I am on Amiodarone too. I had cabg x 5 in May of 03, an ICD implanted in September of 04 and developed arrythmia problems in December of 04. I also have an EF of 20 and a couple of aneurysms. From what I have learned from talking to my EP doc, cardio doc and pharmacist, Amiodarone almost always works to control arrythmia. It is generally also the drug of last resort because it is so powerful and has so many side effects.
Problems with thyroid, fatigue, hair loss, sun sensitivity, lung problems and even other arrythmia problems are all part of it. You have been on it alot longer than me and I know that the "loading" period and "unloading" time are fairly lengthy. I have problems with increased dizziness, coughing and sunburning already but the biggest problem I have is not having any energy at all. I am going to be asking my EP doc when I see him in June about
maybe doing an ablation just to get off this drug.
There is lots of information available on the web about
Amiodarone and Teri has given you one of the better ones to check out. Good luck to you.
I had a massive heart attack on May 4, 2003. Thru the course of diagnosis while in ER and catheterization it was determined that I had 3 arteries 100% blocked, 1 artery at 98% blocked and 1 artery at about 85% blocked. I have EJ fraction around 20 and have had numerous echo-cardiograms to monitor heart function. I lost 60% of my heart that night. I cannot do what I used to but feel great. In September of 04 I had an AICD implanted more or less to act as a saftey net for when my heart stops and have developed alot of arrythmia problems. I also have two aneurysms. One is on my ascending aorta and is distorting the aortic valve. The other is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Both of which need to be repaired.