Medical Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Doctors can control some less severe cases of atrial fibrillation with medicine. Different medicines produce different results.

Atrial Fibrillation Medicines

Medicines ​Results
  • ​Digitalis or Digoxin
  • Verapamil
  • Diltiazem or Cardizem®
  • Metoprolol or Lopressor®
  • Atenolol
​​To slow the heart rate
  • Sotalol
  • Tikosyn®
  • Flecainide
  • Propafenone
  • Amiodarone
  • Dronaderone​
To maintain a regular heart rhythm

Blood thinners, such as:

  • Coumadin® (Warfarin)
  • Aspirin
  • Pradaxa®
  • Eliquis®
  • Xarelto®
To prevent clot formation and help reduce risk of stroke​

Depending on your individual case, our experts at the UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation can determine whether medical management is right for you.

Contact the Center for Atrial Fibrillation

Call us at 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484), email us, or request an appointment online.

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