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Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “ATRIAL DRUGS to remember about Drugs Causing Atrial Fibrillation


A – Amphetamines: These stimulants can trigger Atrial Fibrillation by increasing heart rate and blood pressure.

T – Theophylline: This bronchodilator medication, used for respiratory conditions, may provoke Atrial Fibrillation when taken in high doses.

R – Risperidone: An antipsychotic medication, Risperidone can sometimes lead to Atrial Fibrillation as a side effect.

I – Ibuprofen: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen, when used excessively, can contribute to Atrial Fibrillation.

A – Albuterol: This bronchodilator, often used in inhalers for asthma, can cause Atrial Fibrillation if overused or misused.

L – L-Thyroxine: An excessive intake of thyroid hormone replacement medication can increase the risk of Atrial Fibrillation.

D – Dobutamine: This medication, commonly used in cardiac stress tests, can induce Atrial Fibrillation in some patients.

R – Rituximab: An immunosuppressive drug, Rituximab may have Atrial Fibrillation as a potential side effect.

U – Ustekinumab: Some patients receiving this biologic medication for autoimmune diseases have reported Atrial Fibrillation as a rare side effect.

G – Ginseng: While considered a supplement rather than a drug, excessive use of Ginseng has been associated with Atrial Fibrillation.

S – Sympathomimetic Agents: Drugs that mimic the effects of sympathetic nervous system stimulation, such as decongestants and certain weight-loss medications, can trigger Atrial Fibrillation.

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