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Generic Name
Amiodarone Hydrochloride
Trade Name
Cordarone X
Risk Category
  • Positive evidence of human fetal risk exists.
  • Potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks (e.g. life threatening situations or serious illness).
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • Antiarrhythmic.
  • Contains 75 mg of iodine per 200-mg dose.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • embryotoxic in animals causing fetal resorption and growth retardation.
  • Crosses human placenta.
  • No well-controlled human data but reported to cause congenital hypothyroidism and goiter, intrauterine growth retardation, transient fetal bradycardia with prolonged Q-T interval on ECG.
  • Suggested possible association with congenital heart defects.
  • Having long elimination half-life (t½) with chronic use (t½ about 18-58 days) the drug should be stopped several months before conception to avoid exposure in early gestation.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted into milk.
  • Unknown effects on nursing infants and breast feeding is not recommended because of high iodine content in the drug.
  • Other Trade Names
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