Which medications in the drug class Antiarrhythmic Agent, Miscellaneous are used in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Antiarrhythmic Agent, Miscellaneous

Dronedarone is an antiarrhythmic agent with properties belonging to all 4 Vaughn-Williams antiarrhythmic classes.

Dronedarone (Multaq)

It is indicated to reduce the risk for cardiovascular hospitalization in patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, with a recent episode of atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter and associated cardiovascular risk factors (ie, age >70 y, hypertension, diabetes, history of CVA, LAD >50 mm or LVEF < 40%) who are in sinus rhythm or who will be cardioverted.

Important to note, however, is that dronedarone was found to be associated with increased mortality in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation. A recent randomized, double-blind, phase III trial, the Permanent Atrial fibriLLation Outcome Study Using Dronedarone on Top of Standard Therapy (PALLAS) study, was halted following a preliminary review that revealed that dronedarone was associated with a 2-fold rise in risk of death. Two-fold increases in 2 other endpoints, stroke and hospitalization for heart failure, were also noted when compared with placebo. Healthcare professionals are advised by the FDA not to prescribe dronedarone to patients with permanent atrial fibrillation.


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