What does sotalol do to the heart?

What does sotalol do to the heart?

Sotalol slows down your heart rate and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. It starts to work after about 4 hours, but it can take 2 to 3 days to fully take effect. Your first dose of sotalol may make you feel dizzy, so take it at bedtime.

What are the side effects of sotalol 80 mg?


  • Blurred vision.
  • chest pain, tightness, or discomfort.
  • confusion.
  • difficult or labored breathing.
  • fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse.
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
  • nausea and vomiting.
  • sweating.

Can I eat bananas while taking sotalol?

Individuals with low blood potassium levels who take sotalol have an increased risk of developing a serious heart arrhythmia and fainting. People taking beta-blockers should therefore avoid taking potassium supplements, or eating large quantities of fruit (e.g., bananas), unless directed to do so by their doctor.

Can you eat bananas with sotalol?

Does sotalol cause weight gain?

Check with your doctor right away if you are having chest pain or discomfort, dilated neck veins, extreme fatigue, irregular breathing, an irregular heartbeat, swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs, or weight gain. This medicine may cause changes in your blood sugar levels.

When to take sotalol?

Sotalol is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms such as ventricular arrhythmias (for example, ventricular tachycardia) that are life threatening and atrial fibrillation. It is not used for less severe abnormal heart rhythms.

How long does sotalol take to work?

Sotalol starts to work after about 4 hours, but it can take 2 to 3 days to fully take effect. How long will I take it for? Usually, treatment with sotalol is long term, even for the rest of your life.

Is sotalol a generic drug?

Sotalol is available as the brand-name drugs Betapace and Sorine. Sotalol AF is available as the brand-name drug Betapace AF. Sotalol and Sotalol AF are also available in generic versions. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version.

What is sotalol 80 mg?

Sotalol is the generic form of the brand-name drug Betapace, used to treat a serious irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). The prescription medicine is in a class of drugs known as anti-arrhythmics. It works by helping the heart muscle beat regularly for a longer amount of time.