The heart drug Cordarone is associated with severe lung damage, pulmonary toxicity, vision problems, blindness, and even death. Due to the risk of side effects, the FDA says it should only be used as a last resort.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Cordarone induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had vision loss or lung disease, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is Cordarone?
Cordarone is a heart drug for people with severe irregular heart rhythm. It was developed by Wyeth-Ayerst, which is now owned by Pfizer. It was approved in 1995 by the FDA and is now available as a generic medication, amiodarone.
What is the problem?
According to an FDA Safety Waring, Cordarone should only be used after other treatments have failed due to the risk of life-threatening side effects. Furthermore, these side effects may persist for months after Cordarone is discontinued.
Symptoms of Worsening Heart Problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart palpitations
Symptoms of Lung Toxicity
- Shortness of breath
- Irritating cough
- Coughing up blood
Other Severe Side Effects
- Vision problems
- Loss of muscle coordination in arms and legs
FDA Warning: Cordarone + Zocor
Combining Cordarone (amiodarone) with more than 20-mg of simvastatin per day may increase the risk of life-threatening muscle injuries, including rhabdomyolysis. The FDA published a Drug Safety Communication in December 2011 with warnings about this risk.
Combining Cordarone + simvastatin in high doses is associated with an increased risk of degenerative muscle disease. Mild cases cause muscle aches and weakness. Without treatment, it can lead to life-threatening kidney damage and rhabdomyolysis, or severe degenerative muscle disease.
Cordarone Side Effects
Cordarone is associated with some serious side effects that can lead to death. The Medication Guide lists the following side effects:
- Lung damage
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Liver damage
- Worse irregular heart rhythm
- Thyroid disorders
- Vision problems
- Nerve problems, such as weakness, numbness, tingling
- Uncontrolled movements
- Skin reactions
- And more
Cordarone Class Action
Lawsuits have already been filed by people who were injured by amiodarone, but not as part of a class action. Our lawyers are not currently filing a Cordarone class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people who experienced blindness, lung disease, or death.
Do I have a Cordarone Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Cordarone induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had a lung disease or vision loss, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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