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Amiodarone is commonly used to treat supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias
in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Over- and under-use of amiodarone is
common, and data regarding patterns of use are sparse and largely anecdotal. Because
of adverse drug reactions, proper use is essential to deriving optimal benefits from
the drug with the least risk. This guide updates an earlier version published in 2000,
reviews indications for use of amiodarone and recommends strategies to minimize adverse
effects. The recommendations included herein are based on the best available data
and the collective experience of the member of the writing committee.