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sotalol, Betapace, Betapace AF, Sorine, Sotylize

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GENERIC NAME: sotalol

BRAND NAME: Betapace, Betapace AF, Sorine, Sotylize

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

  • Sotalol is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms such as ventricular arrhythmias (for example, ventricular tachycardia) that are life threatening and atrial fibrillation. It is not used for less severe abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Sotalol should not be used in patients with bronchial asthma, sinus bradycardia, second and third degree AV block, unless a functioning pacemaker is present.
  • It also should not be used in people with congenital or acquired long QT syndromes, cardiogenic shock, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, and people who are allergic to sotalol.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Common side effects of sotalol include:

  • shortness of breath,
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue,
  • palpitation,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • lightheadedness.

Other side effects that may occur include:

  • edema (water retention),
  • headache,
  • sleep disturbances,
  • diarrhea,
  • extremity pain,
  • itching,
  • rash,
  • fainting,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • impotence, and
  • abnormal heart rhythm.

Possible serious side effects of sotalol include:

  • mental confusion,
  • slow heart rate,
  • low blood pressure, and
  • chest pain

Like other antiarrhythmic agents, sotalol can cause new or worsening ventricular arrhythmias (for example, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation).

Sotalol may cause or worsen congestive heart failure, and it can block the symptoms of low blood glucose in diabetics.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/21/2016



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