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Betapace (Generic Sotalol)

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WARNING

Unreliable heartbeats may result from sotalol. You must stay at a facility where your heart may be monitored for the first three days after starting sotalol. If you have renal illness now or ever have, let your doctor know.

It is not advisable to use Betapace and Betapace AF interchangeably because they are prescribed for various kinds of irregular heartbeats. Make certain your doctor is aware of the medication you have been taking.

Why is this medication prescribed?

An irregular heartbeat can be treated with sotalol. A group of drugs known as antiarrhythmics includes sotalol. To improve the heart’s rhythm, it operates by influencing the heart muscle.

How should this medicine be used?

As a pill to be swallowed, sotalol is available. Both sotalol (Betapace) and sotalol (Betapace AF) are typically used once or twice daily. Sotalol should be taken continuously, either with or without food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Exactly as prescribed, take sotalol. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Although it manages your illness, sotalol does not heal it. Even if you feel good, keep taking sotalol. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking sotalol. Sotalol abruptly stopping could result in chest discomfort or heart palpitations.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking sotalol,

  • If you have an allergy to sotalol or any other medication, inform your doctor and pharmacist very away.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking, particularly those for migraines, diabetes, asthma, allergies, colds, or pain. You should also include any reserpine, vitamins, and other drugs for high blood pressure or heart disease.
  • If you use antacids (Maalox, Mylanta), take them at least 2 hours before or after sotalol if they contain aluminium or magnesium.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart or liver illness, asthma or another lung problem, a blood vessel condition, severe allergies, diabetes, or an overactive thyroid gland in addition to the condition mentioned in the IMPORTANT WARNING section.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking sotalol.
  • Inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking sotalol if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • You should be aware that this medication might make you sleepy. Until you are certain of how this medication affects you, do not operate machinery or drive a car.
  • Keep in mind that drinking can exacerbate the effects of this drug’s sedation.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Before using potassium-containing salt replacements, consult your doctor. If your doctor advises a low-salt or low-sodium diet, strictly follow the instructions.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects are possible with sotalol. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Aches in the muscles

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Wheeze or breathing difficulties
  • Edoema in the lower legs and feet
  • Chest ache

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. You should have your blood pressure checked frequently to monitor how sotalol is impacting you. Your physician could instruct you to take your pulse (heart rate). To learn how to take your pulse, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor if your pulse is abnormally fast or slow.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Betapace®
  • Betapace® AF
  • Sorine®
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