What is included in patient education about amiodarone-associated thyroid dysfunction?

Updated: Aug 28, 2020
  • Author: Mini Gopalan, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Instruct patients about the adverse effects of amiodarone therapy. Give them a list of potential symptom manifestations. Because the development of thyrotoxicosis is sudden and explosive, instruct patients to watch for symptoms and to seek treatment promptly.

Patients should also be aware of the potential side effects of antithyroid medications. Instruct patients to watch for signs such as fever, sore throat, jaundice, or oral ulcers.


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