A variety of drugs are available to treat arrhythmias. Because everyone is different, it may take trials of several medications and doses to find the one that works best for you. Several types of drugs are used:

  • Anti-arrhythmic drugs – drugs used to convert the arrhythmia to sinus rhythm (normal rhythm) or to prevent an arrhythmia.
  • Heart-rate control drugs – drugs used to control the heart-rate.
  • Anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy – drugs, such as warfarin (a "blood-thinner") or aspirin, which reduce the risk of clots forming or strokes.
  • Medications used to treat related conditions that may be causing an abnormal heart rhythm.

It is important to know:

  • The names of your medications.
  • What they are for.
  • How often and at what times to take them.

This information is about procedures and may include instructions specific to Cleveland Clinic. Please consult your physician for information pertaining to your specific procedure.

Reviewed: 05/15