Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride)
What is Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride) used for?
Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride) is given as a treatment for a serious condition known as sustained ventricular tachycardia, which causes heart rhythm disorders of the lower chambers of the heart. It may also be given to patients with atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeats who suffer from severe breathlessness. This drug is a type of anti-arrhythmic and also a beta blocker. It works by slowing the heart rate and helping it to beat more normally and regularly.
How should I use Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride)?
Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride) tablets are normally taken by mouth, usually twice per day. However the dosage depends on a number of factors and patients should always follow the instructions provided to them by their physician. You will usually be given your first dose in a hospital environment so that your heart can be monitored, as this drug may cause serious side effects. Your blood pressure and kidney function will also need to be tested while you are taking this medication. Attend all scheduled appointments with your physician.
What are the side effects of Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride)?
Some side effects of Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride) may include:
Although this drug can treat irregular heartbeats, it can also sometimes cause another type of abnormal heart rhythm that may be serious. This usually occurs when the drug is first started. Therefore, you will most likely be closely monitored in hospital when you first start taking this drug.
Do not switch between brands of this medication without informing your physician.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.