What is Sotalol used for?
Sotalol is a beta blocker that is used for the treatment of certain types of irregular heartbeats such as ventricular arrhythmia. This medication is also prescribed to maintain normal heartbeat in people with ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Sotalol?
Like other medicines, Sotalol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Sotalol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Sotalol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Sotalol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Sotalol can cause side effects such as headache, insomnia, mild diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, and fast or slow heartbeat. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Sotalol.
What is the recommended dosage of Sotalol?
The dosage of Sotalol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Sotalol?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Sotalol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Sotalol?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Sotalol, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are slow or fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, severe dizziness, confusion, and fainting.
What other drugs could interact with Sotalol?
- Ethacrynic acid
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Sotalol.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Sotalol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Sotalol can interact with other arrhythmia medications, antibiotics, anti-diabetic medications, antidepressants, asthma medications, and certain diuretics.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Sotalol?
Is it possible for me to take Sotalol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Sotalol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Sotalol?
How will Sotalol work in my body?
How should Sotalol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Sotalol drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Sotalol, inform your doctor if you have diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, and thyroid disorder. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or breast-feeding. While using this medication, limit alcoholic beverages. Do not drive, use machinery, or perform any activity that requires alertness.