Betapace, which is the brand formulation of the medication sotalol, belongs to a group of anti-arrhythmic medications. The medication was approved by FDA in the year 1992 and was well known for its antihypertensive and antianginal (medication used in the treatment of chest pain) effects. This medication is a beta blocker and also features anti-arrhythmic properties.
Betapace is mostly prescribed for the treatment of ventricular fibrillation (uncoordinated contraction of cardiac muscles of ventricles in heart) and ventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat arising from improper electrical activity of heart).
By using its beta blocker property, the medication produces a great flow of blood to the organs by reducing the level of pressure on the blood cells. Also, being an anti-arrhythmic, it decreases the level of electrical activity in the heart thus reducing the heart beat to a normal level. Other than this, the medication is also used in the treatment of weakness of body.
Betapace tablets must be taken by mouth with water. It can be taken once or twice a day and it is typically taken on an empty stomach.
An individual taking this medication is advised to take it on the same time every day to keep track of medical condition. However, the dosage of Betapace depends on the age, medical history and reaction of the person to the treatment. You should be very careful while taking the liquid formulation of this medication as it is easy to overdose when it is in the form of liquid. All these instructions will be given in detail when you consult a physician.
When Betapace is overdosed or not taken in the right form there are more possibilities for side effects like dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, fatigue and diarrhea. One should stop taking the medication and consult the physician immediately when they experience side effects like chest pain, palpitations (rapid heartbeat due to illness) or bradycardia (abnormally slow heart rate).
Interaction with other medications
Medications that interact with this medication are antidepressants and medications that are used in the treatment of Diabetes, migraine headaches or asthma. The medication is excreted through kidney from body so it is not supposed to be used by people with creatinine clearance. Women who are pregnant are also strictly advised to avoid taking Betapace as it is found to pass to baby through breastfeeding.