As a patient, you probably see lots of hype-filled reports about various drugs. After a drug is approved, there’s an inevitable blitz of negative publicity which often scares people away from important new solutions that could help them.
There has been so much news lately about Multaq (dronedarone), the drug designed to provide the benefits of amiodarone but with fewer risks. This drug is important to people with afib, especially those with heart disease whose choices are limited, so it’s time to put into context for patients what has transpired in the two years since FDA approval.
These two companion articles provide an in-depth analysis into issues that have been reported about Multaq, including whether it can cause:
- Worsened heart failure
- Irregular heartbeats, including potentially lethal ones
- Impaired kidney function
- Liver damage
- Drug interactions, including with Pradaxa (dabigatran)
These articles also examine the implications of the recently suspended PALLAS clinical trial for patients with permanent atrial fibrillation as well as when Multaq should be given. And finally, they explore the latest good news about Multaq.
If you have afib, you need to read these two articles, and please spread the word to others with afib as well.
Dronedarone is a poison, and they are charging an outrageous price for it. Aminodarone is just as as bad. Messed up my throid, My lungs, and didn’t help my a-fib at all. In fact it made it worse on top of that both drugs made me feel like I had the flu. I don better on more common drugs.
I am having minimal-invasive surgery to replace a mitral valve(bovine) that went bad and put in a new tricuspid valve.
I had a severe case of Rheumatic fever in the 6th grade…
I have been taking Multag along with Diltiazem for a year. I have been able to maintain a normal heart rate. There have been no side effects. The only drawback seems to be the cost. This is not on most insurance companies formulary list. Your doctor must put through a special authorization request. The cost is high. Without insurance it’s about $300 for a month’s supply. Because my doctor’s authorization was honored, I pay $123 a month. I put through a request to Sanofi-Aventi citing personal hardship and asking for a reduction in price from them. So far, I have heard nothing from them. Although it’s a hardship for me, I pay the price for one simple reason — it works.thanks! @DAISY:)
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