Betapace AF

Generic Name: Sotalol

  • What is Betapace AF?

    Betapace AF is a medicine used to treat atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeats). Betapace AF may help your heart continue beating regularly for a longer period of time.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Betapace AF?

    Betapace AF can cause a different type of abnormal heartbeat (called ventricular arrhythmia); that can be dangerous and life-threatening. Call your doctor immediately if you experience severe diarrhea, unusual sweating, vomiting, loss of appetite, or more thirst than normal; these conditions increase your chances of getting ventricular arrhythmias.

    When starting Betapace AF, you should be in an overnight facility, such as a hospital, for a minimum of 3 days to monitor your heart. Tell your doctor immediately or seek urgent medical help if you are experiencing symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, or fast heartbeats.

    Do not confuse Betapace AF with regular Betapace, since they are used for different conditions.

  • Who should not take Betapace AF?

    Do not use Betapace AF for all types of irregular heartbeat. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of Betapace AF and whether your symptoms are serious enough to start taking it.

    Do not take Betapace AF if you have sick sinus syndrome (abnormal heart rhythm), a type of irregular heartbeat known as second- or third- degree heart block, a very slow heartbeat unless you have a pacemaker, or other heart diseases.

    Do not take Betapace AF if you have low blood potassium or magnesium levels, serious kidney problems, or if you have a lung disease such as asthma, chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the lungs), or emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath).

    Do not take Betapace AF if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Betapace AF?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Betapace AF. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any problems with your heart or kidneys, low blood potassium or magnesium levels, or lung diseases.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your age and condition. If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Betapace AF?

    Your doctor will start you on Betapace AF in the hospital and will monitor you with an electrocardiogram for the first 2 or more days of treatment. This will allow your doctor to find the right dose for you.

    Take Betapace AF as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking Betapace AF or take more doses than prescribed without telling your doctor. Take this medication at the same time each day, with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Betapace AF?

    Do not miss your scheduled dose and do not suddenly stop taking Betapace AF; this can worsen your heart disorder.

    If you are taking an antacid containing aluminum or magnesium for heartburn or upset stomach, wait at least 2 hours after your dose of Betapace AF before you take the antacid.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Betapace AF?

    If Betapace AF is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Betapace AF with any other medications.

  • What are the possible side effects of Betapace AF?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abnormal heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, slow heart rate, tiredness

  • Can I receive Betapace AF if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Betapace AF during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. However, a decision should be made whether to discontinue the medication while you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Betapace AF?

    If you miss a dose of Betapace AF, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Betapace AF?

    Store at room temperature.