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Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.

PATIENTS WITH PERSISTENT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION who received dronedarone (Multaq[R]) in a controlled trial experienced a high risk of death, stroke, and hospitalization for heart failure. The trial was halted when it was discovered that this risk had developed. The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) intended to review the data from the trial. For now, patients taking dronedarone for nonpermanent atrial fibrillation should continue to take it, but this medication should not be newly prescribed to patients with permanent atrial fibrillation.

This medication is approved to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (intermittent), persistent atrial fibrillation, or atrial flutter. It was approved by the F.D.A. in 2009 after the ATHENA clinical trial showed that it decreased deaths in patients with non-permanent atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

(Source: F.D.A. MedWatch Alert, August 2011.)
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Title Annotation:POSTSCRIPTS
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jun 22, 2011
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