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Amiodarone Linked to Acute Pancreatitis

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

An observational study has found that the use of antiarrhythmis amiodarone results in an increased risk of acute pancreatitis.

About the Amiodarone Study

The study was conducted by Dr. Alvaro Alonso and his colleagues from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and was published online in JAMA Internal Medicine on January 19.

According Medscape, their data noted that the use of amidarone was associated with a 50-percent increased risk of suffering acute pancreatitis. After 12 months, this risk nearly doubled.

While acute pancreatitis is still rare, the researchers are pressing for further studies and an increased awareness among healthcare professionals.

Other Amiodarone Adverse Events

Other adverse events that have been linked to amiodarone include:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Renal failure
  • Nausea
  • Pulmonary toxicity
  • Pneumonia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Death

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