Ionic basis of pharmacological therapy in Brugada syndrome

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2007 Feb;18(2):234-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2006.00681.x.


An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is considered the only effective therapy to terminate ventricular arrhythmias in symptomatic patients with Brugada syndrome. However, it does not prevent future arrhythmic episodes. Only antiarrhythmic drug therapy can prevent them. There have been several reports of a beneficial effect of oral quinidine in both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. Other possible beneficial oral agents could be I(to) blockers. Intravenous isoproterenol has been reported to be especially useful in abolishing arrhythmic storms in emergency situations. Also, isolated case reports on the usefulness of cilostazol, sotalol, and mexiletine have been described. The present article reviews the mechanisms by which these drugs may act and their possible role in the pharmacotherapy of this disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Brugada Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Brugada Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Heart Conduction System / drug effects*
  • Heart Conduction System / physiopathology*
  • Heart Rate / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Ion Channel Gating / drug effects*
  • Ion Channels / drug effects*
  • Models, Cardiovascular


  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
  • Ion Channels