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What is Sotalol Hydrochloride 40 mg?
What is Sotalol Hydrochloride 40 mg? Betapace 40 mg is used to treat a serious (possibly life-threatening) type of fast heartbeat called sustained ventricular tachycardia. Sotalol Hydrochloride tablets are also used to treat certain fast/irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation/flutter) in patients with severe symptoms such as weakness and shortness of breath. Betapace generic helps to lessen these symptoms. It slows the heart rate and helps the heart to beat more normally and regularly. This medication is both a beta-blocker and an anti-arrhythmic.
How to use
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using Sotalol Hydrochloride tablets and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions about what is Sotalol Hydrochloride 40 mg? ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take Betapace 40 mg by mouth as directed by your doctor.
- Usually 1 to 3 to times a day.
- You may take Betapace generic with or without food, but it is important to choose one way and take it the same way with each dose.
- If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon.
- Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
- Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
- In children, Betapace 40 mg dosage is also based on age and body size.
- Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
- To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
If you use antacids containing aluminum or magnesium, do not take them at the same time as sotalol. These antacids can bind to sotalol and decrease its absorption and effectiveness. Separate doses of these antacids and sotalol by at least 2 hours to reduce this interaction.
Do not take more Sotalol Hydrochloride tablets than prescribed because you may increase your risk of side effects, including a new serious abnormal heartbeat. Do not take less of this medication or skip doses unless directed by your doctor. Your fast/irregular heartbeat is more likely to return if you do not take sotalol properly. Also, do not run out of this medication. Order your refills several days early to avoid running out of pills.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
- slow heartbeat
- decreased sexual ability
If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To lower your risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Betapace generic because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious Sotalol Hydrochloride 40 mg side effects, including new or worsening symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including severe dizziness, fainting, sudden change in heartbeat (unusually faster/slower/more irregular), chest/jaw/left arm pain.
A very serious allergic reaction to Sotalol Hydrochloride tablets is rare. However, get medical help right away.
Warnings & Precautions
- Before taking Betapace 40 mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
- Before using Sotalol Hydrochloride tablets, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Sotalol may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation in the EKG).
- Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.
- Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
If you have diabetes, Betapace generic may mask the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness and sweating, are unaffected by this drug. This product may also make it harder to control your blood sugar. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Betapace 40 mg, especially dizziness, tiredness, and QT prolongation (see above).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Betapace generic passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
A product that may interact with this drug is fingolimod.
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