Betapace is a medication that is mainly used to treat a condition named sustained ventricular tachycardia. This condition increases the heartbeat to a life-threatening extent. The medication is also known as Sotalol and is used to treat a number of other illnesses as well.
How it works
Betapace is a beta blocker and an anti-arrhythmic. It works by decreasing the level of pressure on the blood cells and thereby initiating a greater flow of blood to the organs. As an anti-arrhythmic, it reduces the level of electric activity in the heart and thereby reduces the heartbeat to a normal and healthy level.
The medication is used to treat individuals with high and irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation). It is also useful in treating conditions such as shortness of breath and weakness of body. But the most important benefit of this medication is its ability to control an illness known as tachycardia, which can result in death if not treated at the right time.
The dosage depends on your personal health condition as well as your response to the treatment. However, when used for children, the dosage is determined by the child’s age, height and weight. This medication is mostly taken in drug form, usually once or twice a day. Your physician might ask you to increase to decrease the dosage depending on the severity of the illness. The drug can be consumed with or without food. Once you have established a pattern, it is important to follow it without fail. That is, take the same amount of medicine at the same time every day. If you are using Betapace in liquid form, makes sure to be accurate about the dosage since it is quite easy to overdose.
Consuming this medication over the long-term can result in some inevitable physical conditions. These include:
Swelling of face
Though these effects might not seem severe, do know that they can deteriorate into worse conditions. Therefore, if you experience of the above while taking this medication, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Following the below mentioned guidelines will enable you to reduce the occurrence of Betapace’s side effects.
Avoid consuming medications that consume aluminum after consuming Betapace
Do not stop taking the medication abruptly
Do not increase the dosage to increase the effectiveness of the medication
If you are unable to swallow the capsule without biting it, use it in the liquid form
If you have diabetes, inform your physician that you taking this medication since it can affect your blood sugar levels
Inform your healthcare provider about your medical history including previous surgeries, allergies and current use of medications.
The risk of side effects – especially irregular heartbeat – is higher for women. Therefore, make sure to follow your physician’s guidelines at all times. If you become pregnant during the treatment period, inform your physician immediately.
It has been proven that Betapace can be passed on through the baby through breastfeeding. Therefore, avoid taking the medication during this period.