Generic Name: Sotalol hydrochloride
Product Name: Sotacor
Sotolol is used to prevent and treat abnormal heart rhythms.
Sotalol has several actions on the heart. It causes the heart rate to slow and reduces the amount of force the heart must contract with which reduces the amount of work the heart has to do and the amount of oxygen the heart requires. By making the heart less reactive to electrical impulses Sotalol can also prevent and treat abnormal heart rhythms.
Sotalol is given as a tablet and should be taken one to two hours before meals.
The recommended initial dose of Sotalol is 160 mg daily, given in two divided doses
This dose may be gradually increased if necessary with at least 2-3 between dosing changes. The heart rhythm needs to be monitored when sotalol is first started and when doses are increased.
Most patients achieve a good response with 160 – 320 mg/day, given in two divided doses.
Some patients with life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms may require doses of up to 480 to 640 mg/day however there can be significant side effects at these doses.
Common side effects
Shortness of breath
Dizziness and light-headedness
Excessively slow heart rate
Low blood pressure and faints
Abnormal heart rhythms
Nausea and vomiting
Depression, mood changes and anxiety
Loss of sensation
Abnormal sexual dysfunction
Uncommon side effects
Wasting of facial muscles
For further information talk to your doctor.