Betapace (generic name: Sotalol; brand names: Sotalex / Sotacor) belongs to the group of medicines known as beta-blockers.
Betapace is indicated for use in the prevention and treatment of certain types of irregular heartbeat (supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias).
Betapace works by changing the body's response to some nerve impulses, especially in the heart. As a result, it helps the heart to beat more regularly.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Betapace exactly as directed.
The dose of Betapace varies from patient to patient. Your doctor will decide the right dose for you.
For adults the usual starting dose of Betapace is 80mg twice daily. Your doctor may change this dose depending on how well you respond to the treatment.
It is best to take Betapace on an empty stomach, preferably 1-2 hours before meals.
To properly control your condition, Betapace must be taken everyday. Continue taking Betapace for as long as your doctor prescribes.
Do not stop taking Betapace or lower the dose without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Betapace you are taking before stopping completely.
Do not take an antacid that has aluminum or magnesium in it within 2 hours before or after you take Betapace.
If you are being treated for diabetes, make sure you check your blood sugar level regularly. Your doctor may need to change your dose of diabetic medicines, including insulin.
If you forget a dose, just take the next dose when it is due. Do not take more than one dose at a time to make up for missed doses.
Store Betapace at room temperature. Avoid exposure to heat, light and moisture.
Before taking Betapace, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have certain other heart conditions such as uncontrolled heart failure or an enlarged heart; you suffer from lung or kidney problems; or you have diabetes;
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: sotalol hydrochloride.