SOTALOL (SOE ta lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat heart rhythm problems and to slow rapid heartbeats. This medicine can help your heart to return to and maintain a normal rhythm.
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet
difficulty breathing, wheezing
muscle aches and pains
slow heart rate
swollen legs or ankles
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in sex drive or performance
weakness or tiredness
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
medicines for malaria like chloroquine and halofantrine
medicines to control heart rhythm like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, ibutilide, propafenone
phenothiazines like prochlorperazine, perphenazine, thioridazine, and others
tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, imipramine, nortriptyline, and others
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for angina or high blood pressure like diltiazem or verapamil
medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
medicines for diabetes
other beta-blockers like atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol and others
This does not apply.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart or vessel disease like low blood pressure, slow heart rate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or Raynaud's disease
history of low levels of potassium or magnesium
lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
recent heart attack
an unusual or allergic reaction to sotalol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.