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What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving ibutilide (Corvert)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to ibutilide.
Tell your doctor about any heart rhythm medications you are taking.
In some cases, your heart rhythm problem can occur again or get worse even after you are treated with ibutilide. This may be more likely if you have other problems such as congestive heart failure. However, every effort will be made to quickly treat any additional heart rhythm problems you may have.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby and is not recommended in pregnant women unless clearly needed.
It is not known whether ibutilide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.
In an emergency situation, it may not be possible to tell your caregivers that you are pregnant or breast-feeding before you are treated with ibutilide. However, make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows that you have received the medication.
How is ibutilide given (Corvert)?
Ibutilide is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a hospital or emergency setting.
During your treatment with ibutilide, you will be watched closely with heart monitoring equipment so that any further problems can be treated quickly. Cardiac emergency equipment will also be kept nearby in case it is needed to treat you.
Your heart rate will be constantly monitored through electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG). This machine measures electrical activity of the heart. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with ibutilide.
Heart monitoring may continue for several hours after you have stopped receiving ibutilide.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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