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Sotalol

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Betapace AF®;Betapace®;Sorine®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Sotalol®;CO Sotalol;Dom-Sotalol;Med-Sotalol;Mylan-Sotalol;Novo-Sotalol;Nu-Sotalol;PHL-Sotalol;PMS-Sotalol;PRO-Sotalol;ratio-Sotalol;Rhoxal-sotalol;Riva-Sotalol;Rylosol;Sandoz-Sotalol;ZYM-Sotalol
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class II;Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class III;Beta-Adrenergic Blocker, Nonselective

    Uses
    • It is used to treat a fast heartbeat.
    • Sotalol blocks chemicals that fire up the body.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Take this drug at the same time of day.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug is used to treat unsafe fast heartbeats only. It may cause risky side effects. You will be closely watched when starting this drug.
    • There is more than 1 brand of this drug. One brand cannot safely be used for the other. Your doctor will tell you about any needed change.
    • Betapace AF® is only for patients with some types of fast heartbeats. Make sure you have the right drug.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to sotalol or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma, poor kidney function, very weak heart, or slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes) and have low blood sugar, talk with your doctor. This drug hides the signs of low blood sugar except sweating.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a weak heart, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Dizziness.
    • Muscle weakness.
    • Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • A big weight gain.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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