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Sotalol

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Uses

Sotalol is used in the treatment of angina, arrhythmias, heart attack and increased blood pressure .

How it works

Sotalol blocks the action of certain chemical messengers on the heart and blood vessels. This effect reduces heartbeat, blood pressure, and strain on the heart following a heart attack.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Fatigue, Slow heart rate, Palpitations, Dizziness, Breathlessness, Constipation, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

  • Sotalol may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  • The Sotalol may affect your blood sugar and cover up the symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • Sotalol may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid the use of tobacco.
  • Consult your doctor whether to continue Sotalol before any scheduled surgery.
  • It is not the first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have a heart failure or heart disease.
  • Adults over the age of 65 may be at greater risk for the side-effects.

Frequently asked questions

Sotalol

Q.

Is sotalol a blood thinner/ cardioselective/ beta blocker/ generic/ statin/ calcium channel blocker/ nitrate?
Sotalol is a non-selective competitive beta-blocker

Q.

Does sotalol cause weight gain/ hair loss/ low heart rate/ raise blood pressure/ diarrhea/ shortness of breath?
Sotalol is known to cause weight gain/ hair loss/ low heart rate/ raise blood pressure/ diarrhea/ shortness of breath. Consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.


Content on this page was last updated on 11 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)