Multaq (dronedarone) is a brand-name drug prescribed to reduce the risk of hospitalization in certain adults with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Multaq comes as an oral tablet that’s typically taken twice per day.
Multaq is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the risk of hospitalization in certain adults with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Specifically, it’s used for this purpose in adults who:
- currently have a normal sinus rhythm (the regular rhythm of a healthy heart)
- previously had persistent or paroxysmal AFib (AFib that begins suddenly and stops on its own within 7 days)
Multaq belongs to a drug class called antiarrhythmics. Multaq is not available in a generic version.
Keep reading for specific information about the dosage of Multaq, including its strength and how to take the medication. For a comprehensive look at Multaq, see this article.
Note: This article describes typical dosages for Multaq provided by the drug’s manufacturer. When taking Multaq, always follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor.
Below is information about Multaq’s form, strength, and typical dosage.
Multaq comes as an oral tablet.
Multaq comes in one strength: 400 milligrams (mg).
The following information describes dosages that are commonly prescribed or recommended. However, be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
Dosage for reducing the risk of hospitalization in people with AFib
Doctors may prescribe Multaq to reduce the risk of hospitalization in certain adults with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
The typical recommended dosage of Multaq is 400 mg, taken twice per day. You’ll usually take the first dose with your morning meal and the second dose with your evening meal.
Multaq is meant to be taken as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Multaq is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.
Before you start taking Multaq, your doctor will discuss your treatment plan with you.
Multaq comes as an oral tablet that you swallow. It’s best to swallow the tablet whole. This is because the drug’s manufacturer hasn’t provided information about whether the tablet can be split, crushed, or chewed.
You’ll take the first daily dose of Multaq with your morning meal and the second daily dose with your evening meal. Taking the drug around the same time each day helps maintain a steady level of Multaq in your body so the drug can work effectively.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, see this article for tips on how to take this form of medication. You can also talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
ACCESSIBLE DRUG LABELS AND CONTAINERS
Some pharmacies offer labels with large print, braille, or a code you scan with a smartphone to convert text to speech. If your local pharmacy doesn’t have these options, your doctor or pharmacist might be able to recommend a pharmacy that does.
If you’re having trouble opening medication bottles, ask your pharmacist about putting Multaq in an easy-open container. They also may recommend tools that can make it easier to open bottles.
If you miss a dose of Multaq, skip the missed dose and take your next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed one.
To help make sure that you don’t miss a dose, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or putting a note where you’ll see it, such as on your bathroom mirror or bedside table. You could also download a reminder app on your phone.
It’s important that you don’t take more Multaq than your doctor prescribes. For some medications, taking more than the recommended amount may lead to harmful effects or overdose.
If you take more than the recommended amount of Multaq
Call your doctor right away if you believe you’ve taken too much Multaq. Another option is to call America’s Poison Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. If you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Below are some frequently asked questions about Multaq.
Does Multaq have a 200 mg daily dose?
No, there isn’t a 200-milligram (mg) daily dose of Multaq. The typical dosage of Multaq is 400 mg, taken twice per day.
If you have questions about your dosage of Multaq, talk with your doctor. They’ll determine the best dosage of Multaq for your specific situation.
What is the maximum recommended dosage of Multaq?
The maximum recommended dosage of Multaq is 800 mg per day. This is usually divided into 400 mg doses, taken twice per day. For details about Multaq dosages, see the “Multaq dosage” section above.
If you have questions or concerns about your dosage of Multaq, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. If it seems like you need a higher dosage, ask your doctor whether a dosage increase is right for you. Do not increase your dosage unless your doctor recommends doing so.
The dosages in this article are typical dosages provided by the drug’s manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Multaq for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you. Always follow the dosage that your doctor prescribes.
As with any drug, never change your dosage of Multaq without your doctor’s recommendation. If you have questions about the dosage of Multaq that’s best for you, talk with your doctor.
Besides learning about dosage, you may want other information about Multaq. These additional articles might be helpful:
- More about Multaq. For information about other aspects of Multaq, refer to this article.
- Details about your condition. For details about AFib, see our list of AFib articles.
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