Glossary of Advanced Paramedic Drugs - Ireland

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What class of drug is Amiodarone?
Antiarrthymic Agent
Describe Amiodarone?
Class IIB Antiarrthymic agent used to treat ventricular arrthymias
How is Amiodarone presented?
1) 150 mg in 3 ml solution
2) Pre-filled syringes 10 ml (30 mg/ml)
How is Amiodarone administered?
Intravenously (IV)
What are the indications for the use of Amiodarone?
Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
What are the contra-indications to giving Amiodarone?
1) Known Severe Adverse Reaction
2) Known Hypersensivity to Iodine
What is the Adult dose of Amiodarone? (CPG A5)
Adult Dose is 5 mg/kg IV
What is the Paediatric dose of Amiodarone? (CPG A51)
Paediatric Dose is 5 mg/kg IV
What are the 5 actions of Amiodarone? (Pharmacological)
1) Antiarrthymic
2) Prolongs the Action Potential
3) Prolongs the Refractory Period
4) Prolongs Atrioventricular conduction
5) Prolongs QT Interval
What are the side effects of Amiodarone?
Inflammation of peripheral veins

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