Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride) is used to treat a serious type of fast heartbeat called sustained ventricular tachycardia. This kind of condition might possibly be life-threatening. This medication is also used to treat certain fats/irregular heartbeats called atrial fibrillation/flutter. This happens in patients with severe symptoms such as weakness and shortness of breath.
How does Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride) work?
Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride) has both cardiac action potential duration prolongation antiarrhythmic properties and beta-adrenoreceptor blocking. The two isomers of Sotalol have similar Class III antiarrhythmic effects, while the l-isomer is responsible for virtually all of the beta-blocking activity. The beta-blocking effect of Sotalol is non-cardio selective, half maximal at about 80 mg/day and maximal at doses between 320 and 640 mg/day. Sotalol does not have partial agonist or membrane stabilizing activity. Although significant beta-blockade happens at oral doses as low as 25 mg. And a significant Class III effects are seen only at daily doses of 160 mg and above.
Why use Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride)?
Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride) is both a beta-blocker and an anti-arrhythmic. This helps to decrease the symptoms. This medication slows the heart rate and helps the heart to beat more normally and regularly. Betapace is supplied as a light-blue, capsule-shaped tablet for oral administration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this treatment in 1992.
How to use Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride)?
The recommended dose and dosing schedule will depend on your condition and response. This medication comes as a tablet to be taken by mouth. This is usually taken once or twice a day on an empty stomach. Take this regularly or as prescribed by your doctor. To avoid some complications, do not double the prescribed dosage.
What are the side-effects of Betapace (Sotalol Hydrochloride)?
Common side effects:
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Upset stomach
- Muscle pain
Let your doctor know if these happen:
- Chest pain
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Sudden or unexplained weight gain
- Unusual sweating
- Signs of allergic reaction (hives, rash, chest tightness, difficulty breathing)
Warnings and Precautions
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult first a doctor for safety.
- Do not use this for your treatment if you are allergic to it.
- You should not stop or take this for longer than prescribed without consulting.
- This should not be given to others who have the same symptoms as yours without asking your doctor.
- keep this medication away from the reach of children.