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Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly
               



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What is this medicine?

SOTALOL (SOE ta lole) is a beta- blocker. Beta- blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat patients with an atrial heart arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation. This medicine can help your heart return to and maintain a normal rhythm.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • heart or vessel disease like slow heart rate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome or Raynaud's disease
  • history of low levels of potassium or magnesium
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
  • pheochromocytoma
  • recent heart attack
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sotalol, other beta- blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This could lead to serious heart- related effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be used in children for selected conditions precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • amoxapine
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain antibiotics like gatifloxacin, grepafloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, sparfloxacin, telithromycin
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • haloperidol
  • hawthorn
  • levomethadyl
  • maprotiline
  • medicines for malaria like chloroquine and halofantrine
  • medicines to control heart rhythm
  • methadone
  • other beta- blockers like atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol and others
  • pentamidine
  • phenothiazines like prochlorperazine, perphenazine, thioridazine, and others
  • pimozide
  • ranolazine
  • tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, imipramine, nortriptyline, and others
  • vardenafil
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antacids
  • certain antibiotics such as clarithromycin and erythromycin
  • clonidine
  • digoxin
  • medicines for angina or high blood pressure
  • medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
  • medicines for diabetes

               
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