Sotalol is used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). It acts on your heart muscle to improve the heart’s rhythm. It may also be used to treat high blood pressure, to prevent additional heart attacks or to relieve chest pain.
You will get your first dose of sotalol while you are in the hospital so your healthcare team can see how you respond to the medication. Your doctor will tell you how much you need to take after you leave the hospital.
This information will also be on your prescription label. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how or when to take this or any of your medications.
Sotalol comes in tablets and is usually taken twice a day. Do not skip a dose or take less or more of the medication than your doctor prescribes. Even if you feel well, NEVER stop taking this medication without asking your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking sotalol, your condition may get worse.
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose.
Do not take a double dose. If you miss more than one dose, contact your doctor.
Call your doctor if the following side effects are persistent or severe:
If you have any of the following symptoms, stop taking sotalol and call your doctor immediately:
Note to patients with diabetes: Sotalol may cause blood sugar levels to fall. This medicine may also cover up signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
If you have any questions or concerns about this medication, please contact your doctor.
Call your doctor right away if you:
This is a summary of information to help you understand and safely take your medication. Ask your doctor and/or pharmacist for more information about your medications and special instructions you may need based on your overall health.
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