Betapace

 
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Antiarrhythmic drug

Betapace is an antiarrhythmic drug.

Betapace is both a beta blocker and an anti-arrhythmic.

Betapace is prescribed to treat irregular heartbeat patterns.

Without a Prescription

Betapace is prescribed to treat a serious (possibly life-threatening) type of fast heartbeat called sustained ventricular tachycardia.

Betapace is prescribed to treat certain fast/irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation/flutter) in patients with severe symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath;
- Weakness;

Betapace is prescribed for the maintenance of normal sinus rhythm [delay in time to recurrence of atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (AFIB/AFL)] in patients with symptomatic AFIB/AFL who are currently in sinus rhythm.

Dosage

Ask your pharmacist to tell you the correct dose of Betapace that suits you best.

Overdose

Symptoms of overdose may include:
- Wheezing;
- Weakness;
- Ventricular tachy-cardia;
- Unusually slower/faster/more irregular heartbeat;
- Torsade de Pointes;
- Slow heartbeat;
- Shortness of breath;
- Severe dizziness;
- Prolongation of QT interval;
- Premature ventricular complexes;
- Hypotension;
- Hypoglycemia;
- Fainting;
- Dizziness;
- Congestive heart failure;
- Confusion;
- Cardiac asystole;
- Bronchospasm;
- Bradycardia;

Side Effects

Side effects may include:
- Wheezing or shortness of breath;
- Weakness or confusion;
- Vomiting;
- Unusual sweating;
- Unexplained/sudden weight gain;
- Trouble breathing;
- Tiredness;
- Symptoms of heart failure;
- Swelling of the feet and lower legs;
- Swelling ankles/feet;
- Sudden change in heartbeat (unusually faster/slower/more irregular);
- Slow or fast heartbeat;
- Slow heartbeat;
- Shortness of breath;
- Severe tiredness;
- Severe dizziness;
- Severe diarrhea;
- Rash;
- Nightmares;
- Nausea;
- Lightheadedness;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- Insomnia or difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep;
- Impotence or difficulty in obtaining or maintaining an erection;
- Headache;
- Headache or dizziness;
- Have a less appetite compared to normal;
- Fatigue;
- Fainting;
- Dizziness or fainting;
- Diarrhea;
- Depression;
- Decreased sexual ability;
- Chest/jaw/left arm pain;
- Chest or heart pain;
- Blue or cold feet and hands;
- Becomes more thirsty than normal;
- Allergic reaction;

Brand Names

Other synonyms:
- Betapace AF;
- Sorine;
- Sotalol;
- Beta-Cardone;
- Betaxolol;
- Betoptic;
- Cardol;
- Darob;
- Favorex;
- Gilucor;
- Hipecor;
- Jutalex;
- Kerlon;
- Oxodal;
- Rentibloc;
- Solavert;
- Sota Lich;
- Sota;
- Sotabeta;
- Sotacor;
- Sotagamma;
- Sotahexal;
- Sotalex;
- Sotalodoc;
- Sotamed;
- Sotanorm;
- Sota-Puren;
- Sota-saar;
- Sotastad;
- Sotoger;

Contraindications

Betapace is contraindicated in patients with:
- Baseline QT interval >450 msec;
- Bronchial asthma;
- Cardiogenic shock;
- Congenital or acquired long QT syndromes;
- Creati-nine clearance <40 mL/min;
- Hypokalemia (<4 meq/L);
- Previous evidence of hypersensitivity to sotalol;
- Second and third degree AV block (unless a functioning pacemaker is present);
- Sick sinus syndrome;
- Sinus bradycardia;
- Uncontrolled heart failure;

Drug Reactions

Inform your pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- Acetohexamide;
- Albuterol;
- Amiodarone;
- Amitriptyline;
- Amlodipine;
- Antibiotics like clarithromycin;
- Bepridil;
- Bitolterol;
- Chlorpropamide;
- Cisapride;
- Clonidine;
- Digoxin;
- Diltiazem;
- Disopyramide;
- Doxazosin;
- Doxepin;
- Erythromycin;
- Felodipine;
- Gatifloxacin;
- Glipizide;
- Guanabenz;
- Guanadrel;
- Guanethidine;
- Guanfacine;
- Hydralazine;
- Imipramine;
- Insulin or an oral diabetes medicine like glyburide;
- Isradipine;
- Moxifloxacin;
- Nicardipine;
- Nifedipine;
- Nimodipine;
- Nortriptyline;
- Phenothiazine like chlorpromazine;
- Prazosin;
- Procainamide;
- Prochlorperazine;
- Promethazine;
- Quinidine;
- Reserpine;
- Salmeterol;
- Sparfloxacin;
- Terazosin;
- Terbutaline;
- Tolazamide;
- Tolbutamide;
- Troleandomycin;
- Verapamil;
Without Prescription (2017)