Hypothermia Medication

Updated: Nov 08, 2018
  • Author: James Li, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications.

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Antidysrhythmics, III

Class Summary

Agents in this class may inhibit adrenergic stimulation; affect potassium, calcium, and sodium channels; prolong the action potential and refractory period in myocardial tissue; and decrease atrioventricular conduction and sinus node function. They may be used when ventricular fibrillation persists despite rewarming; current American Heart Association guidelines recommend it.

Amiodarone (Cordarone, Nexterone, Pacerone)

Amiodarone has antiarrhythmic effects that overlap all four Vaughn-Williams antiarrhythmic classes. It has a low risk of proarrhythmia, and any proarrhythmic reactions generally are delayed. It is used in patients with structural heart disease.

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