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Cordarone Class Action Lawsuit


Cordarone is a last-resort drug for people with severe heart-rhythm problems. It has also been linked to severe side effects, including pulmonary toxicity, blindness, and even death.


Cordarone is a brand-name for the generic drug amiodarone. In 2005, the label all medications containing amiodarone was updated with a Boxed Warning about several life-threatening side effects — pulmonary toxicity, liver disease, and worse irregular heart rhythm.

Pulmonary Toxicity

The most common severe side effect of Cordarone is pulmonary toxicity. It occurs in about 17% of patients, and 10% of these cases are deadly. Over time, Cordarone can cause scarring in the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis) that makes it harder to breathe. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritating cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue

Vision Loss and Blindness

Vision loss occurs in about 2% of patients on Cordarone. Studies estimate that 20% of patients who have vision problems will go blind in at least one eye. Corneal deposits occur in 90% of patients, and while this side effect rarely causes blindness, about 5% of patients see “halos” when looking at bright lights.

Vision problems may include:

  • Pain around the eyes
  • Vision loss
  • Loss of color vision
  • Decreased peripheral vision
  • “Halos” around bright lights
  • Blindness

What is the problem?

  • Vision loss
  • Blindness
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary toxicity
  • Lung damage
  • Death


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