Multaq (Dronedarone Hydrochloride)

Multaq
Dronedarone Hydrochloride

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Multaq
Dronedarone Hydrochloride

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Multaq (Dronedarone Hydrochloride)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Multaq?

    Multaq is a prescription medicine that helps with heart-related problems. It is helpful for people who have had atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) in the last six months but are about to have normal heart rhythm.

  2. Is Multaq safe for children?

    It is not confirmed if this medicine is safe for individuals under 18 years of age.

  3. Who should avoid Multaq?

    Don’t use Multaq if you:

    • Have severe liver problems.
    • Have severe heart failure problems.
    • Take medicines that can impact the amount of Multaq. These medicines are Nefazodone, Norvir® (ritonavir), Nizoral® (ketoconazole), Sporanox® (itraconazole), Vfend® (voriconazole), Ketek® (telithromycin), Biaxin® (clarithromycin), and Cyclosporine.
    • Take medicine that can cause a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm including medicines phenothiazines for mental illness, antidepressants for depression, fast heartbeat for abnormal heart rhythm, and some medicines for bacterial infection.
    • Pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  4. What should inform my healthcare provider before starting MULTAQ?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions including heart-related problems. Also, provide them with a list of all medicines, vitamins, and supplements that you are taking currently.

  5. When should I take Multaq?

    You should take Multaq twice a day, in the morning and evening with your meals.

  6. Can I stop using Multaq if I feel improvement in my symptoms?

    No, you should not discontinue Multaq unless your doctor asks you to do so. Always follow your doctor’s instructions for better results.

  7. What is the ideal temperature to store Multaq?

    You should store Multaq at room temperature (15-30°C).

  8. What if I miss a dose of Multaq?

    If you miss a dose, simply skip it and continue with your next dose as per your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take an extra dose to compensate for the missed one.

  9. What precautions are to be taken while using Multaq?

    You should not consume grapefruit juice because it can increase the amount of Multaq in your blood. This can increase the chances of having multiple side effects.

  10. What are the side effects of Multaq?

    Multaq can lead to the following side effects:

    • Skin-related problems like rashes, itching and redness.
    • Bradycardia (slowed heartbeat)
    • Stomach-related problems like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, or abdominal pain.
    • Weakness or feeling tired.

    This list does not include all the adverse effects of Multaq. If you experience any adverse effects, contact your doctor right away.

  11. Can I share Multaq with other patients?

    Never share Multaq with others, even if they have similar conditions or the same symptoms. It can be harmful to them.

  12. List the ingredients of Multaq.

    Dronedarone is present as the active ingredient in Multaq. Whereas, Titanium dioxide, carnauba wax, magnesium stearate polyethylene glycol 6000, lactose monohydrate, starch, colloidal silicon dioxide, poloxamer 407, crospovidone, and hypromellose are present as inactive ingredients in this medication.

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References
Multaq [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ: sanofi-aventis; 2011.

Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS is a practicing clinical pharmacist that works in primary care. He supports other members of the healthcare team including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other clinical staff. He also likes to use his drug knowledge to inform his patients and the public about the benefits and risks they can expect from their medications. His clinical specialties include: anticoagulation, diabetes management, and psychiatric care.
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