Betapace 160mg(Sotalol Hydrochloride)
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Betapace 160mg is used to treat a serious (possibly life-threatening) type of fast heartbeat called sustained ventricular tachycardia. It is also used to treat certain fast/irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation/flutter) in patients with severe symptoms such as weakness and shortness of breath. Sotalol helps to lessen these symptoms. It slows the heart rate and helps the heart to beat more normally and regularly. Betapace 160mg is both a beta blocker and an anti-arrhythmic.
Sotalol should be used only in certain patients. Before taking sotalol, discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with your doctor. Although sotalol is effective for treating certain types of fast/irregular heartbeats, it can rarely cause a new serious abnormal heart rhythm (QT prolongation in the EKG). This problem can lead to a new type of abnormal (possibly fatal) heartbeat (torsade de pointes). If this new serious heart rhythm occurs, it is usually when sotalol treatment is first started or when the dose is increased. Therefore, to reduce the risk of this side effect, you should begin sotalol treatment in a hospital so your doctor can monitor your heart rhythm for several days and treat the problems if they occur. Patients usually start with a low dose of sotalol. Your doctor will then slowly increase your dose depending on how you respond to the medication and how well your kidneys work. If you respond well to Betapace 160mg, during this time in the hospital your doctor can determine the right dose of sotalol for you. Some sotalol products are used to treat certain types of fast/irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation/flutter). These products come with additional written information from the manufacturer for patients with atrial fibrillation/flutter. If you have these conditions, read the provided information carefully. Do not switch brands of sotalol without checking with your doctor. Do not stop taking Betapace 160mg without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when you suddenly stop Betapace 160mg. Some people who have suddenly stopped taking similar drugs have had chest pain, heart attack, and irregular heartbeat. If your doctor decides you should no longer use Betapace 160mg, he or she may direct you to gradually decrease your dose over 1 to 2 weeks. When gradually stopping Betapace 160mg, it is recommended that you temporarily limit physical activity to decrease strain on the heart.chest pain/tightness/pressure, chest pain spreading to the jaw/neck/arm, unusual sweating, trouble breathing, fast/irregular heartbeat.
How to Use Betapace
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using sotalol and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take Betapace 160mg by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 3 to times a day. You may take it 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 Betapace 160mg, 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 of Betapace 160mg is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, Dosage of Betapace 160mg is also based on age and body size. Use Betapace 160mg 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 of Betapace 160mg than prescribed because you may increase your risk of side effects, including a new serious abnormal heartbeat. Do not take less of Betapace 160mg 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 Betapace 160mg. 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.
Before taking sotalol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Betapace 160mg may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Betapace 160mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,certain heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block unless you have a heart pacemaker), kidney problems, heart failure, breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), very recent heart attack (within 2 weeks), overactive thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism), serious allergic reactions needing treatment with epinephrine. Sotalol may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation in the EKG). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using sotalol,certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, history of torsade de pointes), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills"), if you are unable to eat or drink fluids as you normally would, or if you have conditions such as severe/prolonged sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using sotalol safely. If you have diabetes, Betapace 160mg 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 Betapace 160mg. Betapace 160mg may also make it harder to control your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. 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. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Betapace 160mg. Betapace 160mg may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Betapace 160mg, especially dizziness, tiredness, and QT prolongation (see above). During pregnancy, Betapace 160mg should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Betapace 160mg passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Betapace 160mg, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
See also How to Use and Precautions sections. 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.fingolimod. Many drugs besides sotalol may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation in the EKG), including amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin), among others. Some products have ingredients that could raise your heart rate. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen/naproxen). Betapace 160mg may interfere with certain medical/laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Betapace 160mg.
Betapace Side Effects
What are Betapace side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Betapace may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Betapace as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Betapace
The side effects of Betapace may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Betapace. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Betapace may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Betapace, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Betapace.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Betapace, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Betapace and the side effects associated with Betapace are described in the following:
Common Betapace Side Effects
- headache disorder
Less Frequent Betapace Side Effects
- chest pain
- vasodilation of blood vessels
- mood changes
- general weakness
- acute abdominal pain
- musculoskeletal pain
Rare or Very Rare Betapace Side Effects
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- acute confusion
- torsades de pointes
- prolonged QT interval
- cardiac arrhythmia
- chronic heart failure
- bronchospastic pulmonary disease
- pulmonary edema
- worsening of chronic heart failure
- sinus arrest
- pruritus of skin
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 Betapace 160mg when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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