Multaq (Dronedarone) is used if you have had a certain irregular heartbeat in the past but now have a normal heart rhythm. Those are called paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation. This helps you keep a normal heart rhythm. This also lowers your chance of having to go to the hospital for atrial fibrillation.
This should not be used if you have permanent atrial fibrillation because of the increased risk of very serious side effects.
How does Multaq (Dronedarone) work?
Multaq (Dronedarone) works mainly by blocking channels. It is through which charged particles of potassium flow in and out of the heart muscle cells. The increased flow of charged particles produces excessive electrical activity. In which it leads to atrial fibrillation and rapid heart rate. By reducing the flow of potassium through the channels, this drug slows down contractions in the atria. It also prevents fibrillation and lowers the heart rate.
Why use Multaq (Dronedarone)?
Multaq Tablets contains Dronedarone as an active ingredient. It is known as an antiarrhythmic drug. It is a white fine powder that is practically insoluble in water. It is also freely soluble in methylene chloride and methanol. Multaq is provided as tablets for oral administration. Each tablet has 40mg of Dronedarone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How to use Multaq (Dronedarone)?
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.
This is usually taken twice a day, once with your morning meal and once with your evening meal. It is to be taken by mouth with food or as directed by your doctor. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day. Do not stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor. You should not double the prescribed dosage.
What are the side-effects of Multaq (Dronedarone)?
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rash, redness, or itching
Get emergency help if there are signs of allergic reactions:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of your face, tongue, lips, throat
Warnings and Precautions
- Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication.
- Let your doctor know if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications (vitamins or herbal supplements).
- Stop using this if there is a sign of an allergic reaction.
- This should not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby.
- Consult your doctor first if you are breastfeeding women.
- Keep this away from the reach of children.