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minimal change in action potential duration; increases threshold potential, thus slowing conduction velocity
Beta-adrenergic blockers; diminish phase 4, thus depressing automaticity and decreasing heart rate; effective at preventing arrhythmias after an MI; both supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias respond well
Calcium channel blockers; slow SA and AV nodal conduction; decrease rate of phase 4 and thus increase the effective refractory period
Class Ia; for ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias; metabolite has some class III action; LUPUS-like syndrome
Class Ia; for ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias; causes prostatism and anticholinergic effects
Class Ib; can be used for acute management of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with myocardial infarction, but amiodarone is better; also local anesthetic; nystagmus is early sign of toxicity
Class Ib; for ventricular arrhythmias; can cause pulmonary fibrosis or bone marrow aplasia
Class Ib; for ventricular arrhythmias; blood dyscrasias, nystagmus, leukopenia, agranulocytosis
Class Ib; D.O.C. for treating digoxin-induced atrial and ventricular arrhythmias; anticonvulsant; gingival hyperplasia, serious bone marrow and derm reactions can occur
Class Ic; for treating life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in patients without myocardial structural abnormalities; used as last-line b/c it can cause arrhythmias; heart block is possible toxicity; blocks Na+ in purkinje shortening AP while blocking K+ in ventricles extending AP-->no change in AP duration
Class Ic; for treating supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias; similar action as flecainide but also beta blocker activity; hepatic metabolism
Class II; very short acting beta blocker; almost always used in treatment of acute surgical arrhythmias
Class III; prolongs ventricular action potential and effective refractory period; also blocks norepinephrine release; used to treat refractory VFib and VTach during cardiac arrest; rarely used
Class III; class I-IV activity, but mostly III; adverse effects=pulmonary fibrosis, hepatocellular necrosis, CNS (tremor, ataxia), Photosensitivity, corneal microdeposits, thyroid dysfunction, blue skin discoloration; CHECK PFTs, LFTs, and TFTs
Class III; used to maintain sinus rhythm in patients w/ atrial fibrillation or flutter; toxicity=torsades de pointes
Inhibits Na/K-ATPase; increases refractory period and decreases conduction time of AV node; for treating supraventricular arrhythmias and CHF; toxicity=atrial of ventricular dysrhythmias (ATach, often); treat toxicity w/ digoxin antibodies.....or phenytoin!!
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