Could Amiodarone be prescribed to a patient with lung cancer?
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Hello @rossboyd and welcome to MayoClinicConnect. It’s a place for people to come looking for information and answers to questions. Everyone here gives support to others and tips from their own health journeys. I don’t know the answer to your question, but I’m sure if @merpreb gets my message she’ll join the conversation.
Do you have lung cancer? Why does the doctor want you to take amiodarone?
@rossboyd – Good morning and I would also like to welcome you to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am the Mentor for Connect's Lung Cancer and Lung Health groups. I have a very long history of lung cancer and hopefully, I can help with your questions. Amiodarone is a drug used for certain types of severe heart problems. There are also dietary restrictions with this medication.
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, there is a big warning about taking this medicine:
"This drug is only used to treat abnormal heartbeats that may be deadly. It may cause severe and sometimes deadly side effects like lung, thyroid, or liver problems. This drug can also cause abnormal heartbeats to get worse. Blood work, tests, and other exams will need to be done to check for side effects. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
This drug will be started in a hospital where you will be closely watched. Talk with your doctor.
What is this drug used for? It is used to treat certain types of abnormal heartbeats."
How has this question come to your mind? Is the person who has lung cancer under an Oncologist's care?
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