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Sotalol

INFORMATION

Uses

Sotalol is used in the treatment of angina (chest pain), arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat), heart attack and increased blood pressure .

How it works

Sotalol belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. It works by acting on the heart muscle to improve the heart's rhythm.

Common side effects

Chest pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Headache, Lightheadedness, Limb swelling, Muscle pain, Stomach upset, Wheezing

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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 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)