Death from Amiodarone?
You should have a chest X-Ray and Pulmonary function testing with diffusion capacity (DLCO) before starting and at least every year you are on amiodarone. thyroid Thyroid problems from amiodarone are all too common and can occur in as many as 22% of patients.157 Decreased energy, cold intolerance and weight gain are among the most common effects of decreased thyroid function. You should test for blood levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), as well as the thyroid hormones free T4 and total T3. Amiodarone can also increase thyroid function with symptoms such as atrial rhythm disturbances, elevated heart rate, heat intolerance, and weight loss. EYES Corneal microdeposits occur in the majority of patients who take amiodarone, but they usually don’t cause any ill effects. More substantial microdeposits, however, can cause visual disturbances and even severe damage/inflammation of the optic nerve which can cause blindness. On taking amiodarone, you should have yearly eye exams. Report