Patient/Family Education about use of Amiodarone
• Instruct patient to report any cough or shortness of breath.
• Show patient how to take pulse. Explain that heart rates < 60 bpm should be reported to health care provider.
• Advise patient that regular ophthalmic examination is recommended during administration of amiodarone. Prompt evaluation is required if visual impairment occurs.
• Caution patient to avoid exposure to sunlight, and to use sunscreen and wear protective clothing to avoid photosensitivity reaction. Sun-exposed skin may appear blue-gray. Also, explain that discomfort of photophobia may be decreased by wearing sunglasses.
• Explain that eating small, frequent meals or dividing daily dose and taking 2 or 3 doses with meals may help if patient experiences GI upset.
• Instruct patient to report the following symptoms to health care provider: halos around lights; any vision problems; GI distress; loss of appetite; tremors; twitches; fatigue; unsteady walking; dizziness; numbness and tingling in hands or feet; insomnia; headache; slowing of heartbeat; irregular heart rhythm; difficulty breathing; coughing; sensitivity to sunlight, including blue-gray patches on skin; dermatitis; bruising; hair loss; flushing; abnormal sense of taste or smell; fluid retention; loss of sex drive.
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