Bayer HealthCare | Betapace (Medication)
Betapace contains the substance called Sotalol, which is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation and work by helping the heart to beat more normally and regularly, by slowing the heart rate.
This medication is used to treat a serious and possibly life-threatening type of fast heartbeat called sustained ventricular tachycardia. It is also used to treat certain fast or irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation or flutter) in patients with severe symptoms such as weakness and shortness of breath.
Take this medicine by mouth, with a glass of water, with or without food, as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, dosage is also based on age, height, and weight. ...
Like with any medicine, among with its needed effect, side effects can occur. Most common and less serious side effects include:tiredness, slow heartbeat, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, and decreased sexual ability. If any of these persist or get worse, call your doctor.
The following are more serious:new or worsening symptoms of heart failure such as swelling ankles or feet, severe tiredness, shortness of breath, unexplained and sudden weight gain, severe dizziness, fainting, sudden change in heartbeat, chest, jaw, or left arm pain. A severe allergic reaction is rare, but if this or any of the above occur, seek immediately medical help. ...
Prior to using this medicine inform your doctor if you have any type of allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and if you have or ever have had any of the following conditions:certain heart rhythm problems; severe heart failure; breathing problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema; kidney problems; treated stable heart failure; very recent heart attack; or hyperthyroidism.
Because Betapace can cause dizziness and drowsiness, do not drive and use heavy machinery until you are sure you can perform this activity safely.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor advice. ...