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QT prolonging medication

Robert M Nevels, Samuel T Gontkovsky, Bryman E Williams
Paroxetine, also known by the trade names Aropax, Paxil, Pexeva, Seroxat, Sereupin and Brisdelle, was first marketed in the U.S. in 1992. Effective for major depression and various anxiety disorders, it quickly gained a sizable share of the antidepressant prescription market. By the late 1990s, paroxetine frequently was being associated with serious drug interactions and medication side effects. Most significantly, in a major Canadian epidemiological study examining the relationship between antidepressants and diseases, paroxetine was associated with a 620 percent increase in the rate of breast cancer in women who had taken it over a four-year period...
March 1, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
Cristobal Manuel Rodríguez-Leal, Elena López-Lunar, Jose Manuel Carrascosa-Bernáldez, Rosa Maria Provencio-Arranz
OBJECTIVE: To describe a new initiative developed to optimise patient safety in a mental health setting in order to prevent serious cardiac events. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A longitudinal study of all in-patients admitted at the hospital, comprised of 197 beds distributed among three units, was conducted for 12 months. All admitted patients at the hospital underwent electrocardiogram surveillance, as it was described in our new local guideline for sudden cardiac death prevention...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Trusha C Dhanani, Emily H Mantovani, J Rick Turner
All biologically active agents carry the potential to lead to adverse reactions in certain individuals, including serious cardiac adverse reactions. Since 2005, there has been an international regulatory landscape governing the investigation of a new drug's propensity to lead to the polymorphic ventricular tachycardia Torsades de Pointes (Torsades), a rare but potentially fatal occurrence. When a regulatory agency considers it appropriate, warning information is placed in a medicine's patient information leaflet (label) concerning drug-induced QT interval prolongation, a phenomenon associated with Torsades...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
James Bailey, Ross P Berkeley
A 13-year-old girl had a witnessed loss of consciousness after a scuffle with another student at school and was found in ventricular fibrillation at the time of arrival of emergency medical services personnel. The patient was successfully defibrillated in the field and was transported to the emergency department as a presumed "traumatic arrest". The patient's initial electrocardiogram was remarkable for a prolonged QT interval, and it was discovered that multiple family members had died of cardiac events as young adults...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Meghan M Good, Fady S Riad, Chester B Good, Alaa A Shalaby
BACKGROUND: Drugs and electrolyte imbalances are widely recognized as common triggers of a prolonged QT interval. We conducted a chart review to assess provider response to prolonged QT reported on a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG). METHODS: We identified all Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System patients in a 6-month period with an EKG reporting a corrected QT (QTc) >500 ms. We excluded confounding or uninterpretable EKGs. Charts were reviewed to assess medications and electrolytes at the time of the EKG as well as the setting (inpatient vs outpatient) in which the EKG was obtained...
September 15, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Scott Burdette, Lynn P Roppolo, Walter Green, Nashid Shinthia, Peter Ye, Linda S Hynan
BACKGROUND: Unfunded patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who do not have routinely scheduled hemodialysis often receive medications known to prolong the QTc interval for their uremic symptoms even though they may have pre-existing QTc prolongation. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of these medications on the QTc interval in these patients. METHODS: Unfunded patients with ESRD presenting to the emergency department (ED) for emergent hemodialysis (HD) with QTc prolongation on their initial electrocardiogram (ECG) were recruited...
August 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
M A Hieger, K F Maskell, M J Moss, S W Powell, K L Cumpston
Dofetilide is a class III antiarrhythmic used for treating atrial dysrhythmias. Though its adverse effects are well described in routine use, very little is known about dofetilide toxicity in overdose. This is a retrospective case series of consecutive patients reported to our poison center after dofetilide overdose. Twenty-seven cases were included. Seventeen patients were treated at a healthcare facility, and of these, eight were admitted. Twenty-one patients took one extra capsule, four took someone else's medication, one took three extra capsules, and one had a large intentional overdose...
August 26, 2016: Cardiovascular Toxicology
Aslı Korur, Ilknur Kozanoglu, Nurhilal Buyukkurt, Mahmut Yeral, Fatih Kandemir, Cigdem Gereklioglu, Cagla Sariturk, Suheyl Asma, Soner Solmaz, Can Boga, Hakan Ozdogu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Today, voluntary donation of peripheral blood stem cells by healthy donors for allogeneic hemopoietic cell transplantation is common worldwide. Such donations are associated with small but measurable risks of morbidity and mortality. Most complications are associated with citrate infusion during cell collection. We studied the effects of citrate infusion on the QTc and other vital parameters during and after peripheral stem cell apheresis in volunteers. METHOD: To ensure that donors were healthy, screening included taking a detailed medical history, physical examination, and laboratory measurements of plasma calcium and magnesium...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
Jiesheng Kang, David R Compton, Roy J Vaz, David Rampe
Loperamide is a μ-opioid receptor agonist commonly used to treat diarrhea and often available as an over-the-counter medication. Recently, numerous reports of QRS widening accompanied by dramatic QT interval prolongation, torsades de pointe arrhythmia, and death have been reported in opioid abusers consuming large amounts of the drug to produce euphoria or prevent opiate withdrawal. The present study was undertaken to determine the mechanisms of this cardiotoxicity. Using whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, we tested loperamide on the cloned human cardiac sodium channel (Nav1...
October 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Joseph E Marine
Nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) may trigger concern, particularly in patients with known congestive heart failure, structural heart disease, or prolonged QT interval. When NSVT occurs in patients with normal hearts, it usually has a benign prognosis. Therefore, establishing the presence or absence of structural or inherited heart disease is a critical step in each patient's evaluation. It is important to approach a wide-complex tachycardia in a systematic manner, to ensure correct diagnosis and treatment...
September 2016: Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Guillermo Alberto Keller, María Cecilia Villa Etchegoyen, Nicolás Fernández, Nancy Mónica Olivera, Patricia Noemí Quiroga, Roberto Alejandro Diez, Guillermo Di Girolamo
: A prolongation of the QTc-interval has been described for several opioids, including pethidine (meperidine). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in the clinical setting the frequency and risk factors associated with the QT-interval prolongation induced by meperidine. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We recruited patients requiring meperidine administration and recorded their medical history and comorbidities predisposing to QT-interval prolongation. Ionograms and electrocardiograms (ECGs) were performed at baseline and during treatment; QT was corrected using the Bazzet, Fridericia, Framinghan, and Hogdes formulas...
August 11, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Limin Zhang, Sihua Qi
BACKGROUND: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of a large sample to assess whether electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities are independently associated with the occurrence of neurogenic pulmonary edema (NPE), delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI), and in-hospital death after nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, patients who were admitted within 72 hours of SAH symptom onset between 2013 and 2015 were enrolled...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Nauzer Forbes, Mohan Cooray, Raed Al-Dabbagh, Yuhong Yuan, Frances Tse, Louis W C Liu, Ted Xenodemetropoulos
Background. In 2012, Health Canada released a warning regarding domperidone use, based on associations with life-threatening arrhythmias and death. Objective. This study aimed to compare the appropriateness of domperidone prescribing patterns before the advisory to those afterward. Methods. Two retrospective reviews were conducted for patients prescribed domperidone during quarters in 2005 and 2012. Outcomes included appropriateness of indication, dosing regimens, monitoring of electrolytes, baseline electrocardiogram performance and characteristics, presence of left ventricular dysfunction, and coprescription of QT-prolonging medications...
2016: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
A Rösler, P Mißbach, F Kaatz, D Kopf
BACKGROUND: Older patients suffer more often from drug-induced complications. OBJECTIVE: What are the precise recommendations pharmacists can give to geriatricians? MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two pharmacists conducted clinical rounds on 2 geriatric wards over a period of 54 weeks. Protocols of conspicuous medications for geriatric patients were analyzed and suggestions were made. RESULTS: Particularly frequent were the questionable medical indications for proton pump inhibitors, allopurinol, pregabalin and gabapentin...
July 15, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Amy D Morris, Jennifer Chen, Elaine Lau, Jennifer Poh
BACKGROUND: Domperidone is a prokinetic agent used to treat pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease. Health Canada has issued warnings about an increased risk of domperidone-associated ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. However, the supporting data referred only to adult patients; therefore, extrapolating the safety risks to pediatric patients is difficult. OBJECTIVE: To summarize and evaluate the evidence for domperidone-associated QT interval prolongation, ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death to determine the safety of this drug for pediatric patients...
May 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Sangita Trivedi, Brenda Schiltz, Rakesh Kanipakam, Johan Martijn Bos, Michael J Ackerman, Yves Ouellette
OBJECTIVES: There is no evidence regarding the effect of ondansetron on the QT interval in pediatric patients in the ICU. This study aimed to describe the effect of ondansetron on the corrected QT interval in patients cared for in the PICU. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort, consecutive enrollment study. SETTING: Single-center, tertiary-level, medical/surgical PICU. PATIENTS: All patients less than 8 years old who received ondansetron over an 11-month period were included...
July 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Dominik W Choromanski, Sapan Amin, Maria M Zestos
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a rare condition that in certain circumstances can lead to severe and potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmia known as Torsade de Pointes (TdP). Inhalational anesthetics are among many medications and conditions known to prolong QT and thus potentially predispose the patient to TdP. Although studies have shown that sevoflurane should be safe for the healthy patients, the situation is unclear in patients with LQTS. We present a case of 14-year-old Caucasian female with the diagnosis of LQTS who developed TdP during sevoflurane inhalational induction...
February 2016: Middle East Journal of Anesthesiology
Alexander Samol, Mehmet Gönes, Sven Zumhagen, Hans-Jürgen Bruns, Matthias Paul, Christian Vahlhaus, Johannes Waltenberger, Eric Schulze-Bahr, Lars Eckardt, Gerold Mönnig
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether multichannel ECG-recordings are useful to risk-stratify patients with congenital long-QT syndrome (LQTS) for risk of sudden cardiac death under optimized medical treatment. METHODS: In 34 LQTS-patients (11 male; age 31±13 years, QTc 478±51ms; LQT1 n = 8, LQT2 n = 15) we performed a standard 12-channel ECG and a 120-channel body surface potential mapping. The occurrence of clinical events (CE; syncope, torsade de pointes (TdP), sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)) was documented and correlated with different ECG-parameters in all lead positions...
2016: PloS One
Bert Vandenberk, Eline Vandael, Tomas Robyns, Joris Vandenberghe, Christophe Garweg, Veerle Foulon, Joris Ector, Rik Willems
BACKGROUND: Drug safety precautions recommend monitoring of the corrected QT interval. To determine which QT correction formula to use in an automated QT-monitoring algorithm in our electronic medical record, we studied rate correction performance of different QT correction formulae and their impact on risk assessment for mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: All electrocardiograms (ECGs) in patients >18 years with sinus rhythm, normal QRS duration and rate <90 beats per minute (bpm) in the University Hospitals of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) during a 2-month period were included...
June 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Michael H Chiu, Nawaf S Al-Majed, Ryan Stubbins, Dylan Pollmann, Roopinder K Sandhu
BACKGROUND: Glycopyrronium bromide has recently been approved as a once daily maintenance inhalation therapy for moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Efficacy and safety trial data have found rare cases of significant QT prolongation. To our knowledge, we describe the first case report of QT prolongation >600 ms with initiation of glycopyrronium bromide in a real world setting. CASE PRESENTATION: A 78-year-old female with moderate COPD recently started on glycopyrronium bromide, presented to Emergency Department (ED) with syncope...
2016: BMC Research Notes
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