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When and How to Take Sotalol

Some general considerations for those taking this medicine include the following:
 
  • Sotalol comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth one to three times a day.
     
  • If necessary, your pharmacist can make a syrup using the tablets. This is especially useful for young children who cannot swallow tablets.
     
  • You can take this medicine either with a meal or on an empty stomach.
     
  • Sotalol should always be started within a hospital or a similar facility, where the heart can be continuously monitored until you have reached a steady dose for at least three days.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Sotalol will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • In general, this medication should not be stopped suddenly, as serious problems (including heart attacks) may result.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of sotalol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The type of arrhythmia you have
  • Your kidney function
  • Your age
  • Your height and weight (for children)
  • How you respond to the drug
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Sotalol Dosage for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Sotalol can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Sotalol).
 
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