Sunday, June 3, 2012

Q: What is the best way to follow on Amiodarone overdose? 

 Answer: Follow serial QT duration 

 Surprisingly, Overdose with amiodarone is usually benign as it is very poorly and variably absorbed. But all such patients should be admitted to ICU/CCU for close observation and serial EKGs. On EKG, Amiodarone leads to a prolonged QT interval due to its blocking of repolarising of. potassium channel. The QT duration is the best indicator of the extent of potassium channel blockade.

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