Sotalol Side Effects
General weakness, shortness of breath, and dizziness are some of the most commonly reported sotalol side effects. Rare problems that were reported in 1 percent to 4.1 percent of people using the drug include back pain, fever, and insomnia. There are also a number of side effects that are potentially serious and require prompt medical attention, including hives, fainting, and bradycardia.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with sotalol hydrochloride (Betapace®, Sorine®). However, unlike many other medications, sotalol can often cause life-threatening side effects. For this reason, the drug should only be used if the benefits clearly outweigh the potentially dangerous side effects.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with sotalol. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of sotalol side effects with you.)
Some sotalol side effects should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. These include but are not limited to:
- Signs of a new or worsening arrhythmia, such as:
- A rapid heart rate
- Signs of heart failure, such as:
- Rapid weight gain
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Shortness of breath
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Worsening of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
- Unexplained rash
- Unexplained swelling
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Some of these serious reactions also common (see the following section for more information about the common side effects of sotalol).