Generic Name: ibutilide (eye-BYOO-tih-lide)

Brand Name: Corvert


Description: Ibutilide is a methanesulfonanilide derivative class III antiarrhythmic agent which slows the conduction of the irregular heartbeat throughout the heart, which allows the regular heart rhythm to take over.

  • Treatment of irregular heart rhythms.
  • It is an antiarrhythmic. It works by slowing the conduction of the irregular heartbeat throughout the heart, which allows an opportunity for the regular heart rhythm to take over.

How to use:

  • Always refer to your doctors instructions before taking this medication. Duration and dosage will be determined by your medical condition and its response to the medication. Make sure to take this medication in the prescribed amount and time period even after symptoms disappear. Discontinuing the medication before completion of treatment may cause incomplete treatment of condition. If Symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

Ibutilide Pregnancy Warnings

This drug should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Ibutilide Breastfeeding Warnings

Use should be avoided. Excreted into human milk: Unknown Excreted into animal milk: Data not available Comments: The effects in the nursing infant are unknown.

Minor Side effects (if these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor)

  • Events affecting the cardiovascular system (e.g., arrhythmogenic affects, affects on cardiac conduction, palpitation, hypotension, hypertension), nausea, and headache.

Serious side effects (inform your doctor immediately)

  • Severe allergic reactions are rare. Get immediate medical help if you notice the following:
    • Rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing .
  • Inform your doctor.
    • Allergy to the medication or any allergies.
  • May cause potentially fatal arrhythmias, particularly sustained polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, usually in association with QT prolongation (torsades de pointes), but sometimes without documented QT prolongation.
  • Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

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