Corvert treats arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Tell your doctor or pharmacist all medications you are taking.
Corvert is a prescription medication used to treat atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Corvert belongs to a group of drugs called antiarrhythmic agents. These work by controlling the heart rhythm.
This medication comes in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.
Common side effects of Corvert include arrhythmias, low blood pressure, and headache.
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Uses of Corvert
Corvert is a prescription medication used to treat atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. These are types of an abnormal heart rhythm.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Side Effects of Corvert
Serious side effects have been reported with Corvert. See the "Drug Precautions" section.
Common side effects of Corvert include:
- low blood pressure
- palpitations (sensation that heart is pounding or racing)
- increased blood pressure
- bradycardia (slow heart rate)
- tachycardia (fast heart rate)
This is not a complete list of Corvert side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Corvert FDA Warning
LIFE-THREATENING ARRHYTHMIAS—APPROPRIATE TREATMENT ENVIRONMENT
Corvert can cause potentially fatal arrhythmias, particularly sustained polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, usually in association with QT prolongation (torsades de pointes), but sometimes without documented QT prolongation. In registration studies, these arrhythmias, which require cardioversion, occurred in 1.7% of treated patients during, or within a number of hours of, use of Corvert. These arrhythmias can be reversed if treated promptly. It is essential that Corvert be administered in a setting of continuous ECG monitoring and by personnel trained in identification and treatment of acute ventricular arrhythmias, particularly polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Patients with atrial fibrillation of more than 2 to 3 days' duration must be adequately anticoagulated, generally for at least 2 weeks.
CHOICE OF PATIENTS
Patients with chronic atrial fibrillation have a strong tendency to revert after conversion to sinus rhythm and treatments to maintain sinus rhythm carry risks. Patients to be treated with Corvert, therefore, should be carefully selected such that the expected benefits of maintaining sinus rhythm outweigh the immediate risks of Corvert, and the risks of maintenance therapy, and are likely to offer an advantage compared with alternative management.