Betapace is an antiarrhythmic medicine that helps the heart beat regularly.
How It Works
The active ingredient in Betapace is Sotalol, which is called a Class III antiarrhythmic medication. This drug can slow the electrical impulses in the heart to suppress irregular heartbeat problems so the heart can maintain a healthy beat for a prolonged period.
Betapace is prescribed to treat specific types of conditions caused by irregular heartbeats. Often, these conditions are serious and possibly life threatening. Betapace is often used to treat ventricular tachycardia, caused by faster than normal heartbeat. Betapace can also be prescribed to treat atrial fibrillation or flutter, especially if the patient suffers from symptoms such as shortness of breath and physical weakness. This drug may be prescribed for other types of conditions marked by fast or irregular heartbeats.
Dosage of Betapace varies depending on physician’s recommendation, patient’s medical history and response to treatment.
Betapace should be taken by the mouth, usually two times a day. This drug can be taken with or without food. However, choose one way to take the drug and continue to take Betapace the same way for the rest of the dosage schedule.
Use a precise measuring device to measure liquid Betapace dosage. Do not use imprecise devices such as kitchen spoons.
Take Betapace for as long as your doctor tells you to take it. Take the drug exactly as it is prescribed. Do not change the dosage as it could possibly lead to a life threatening situation.
Take Betapace the same time each day to help you remember when to take your doses.
Do not take Betapace with antacids containing magnesium or aluminum at the same time as doing so can result in a dangerous interaction. Wait two hours before taking Betapace, or take antacids at least 2 hours after taking Betapace.
Betapace may cause any one of the following side effects:
Decreased sexual ability
Tell your doctor immediately if the side effects do not go away or get worse.
Do not take Betapace if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug.
Sotalol is known to cause irregular heartbeats in some individuals. Therefore, patients who are taking this medication for the first time are recommended to spend the first three days in a medical facility where the heart rate can be closely monitored.
Betapace may not be safe to use if you have a history of kidney disease. You may have to ask your doctor for a safer medication.
Do not confuse Betapace with Betapace AF. These two medications are used for different types of conditions caused by irregular heartbeats. These drugs should be not used interchangeably. Ask your doctor which type of medication out of the two you are being prescribed.
Make sure that you do not run out of Betapace tablets. This medicine must be taken consistently without pause. Order your refills in advance so you are never out of the drug.