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Sotalol - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Sotalol cause?

  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
    • This may occur especially when you get up quickly from lying or sitting down. Getting up slowly or changing posture slowly may help. Take a rest by sitting or lying down if you feel dizzy.
  • Coldness, numbness or tingling sensation of your fingers or toes
  • Feeling weak and tired, and that your heart beats slower
  • Visual problems such as eye irritation, blurred vision or worsening of your eyesight – Do not drive or operate tools or heavy machinery if your vision is affected.
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems with sexual intercourse

Inform your healthcare professional if these side effects do not go away and becomes bothersome to you.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Sotalol, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You have asthma or other breathing problems – this medication may worsen or cause an asthma attack.
  • You have prediabetes or diabetes - this medication may hide symptoms of low blood sugar such as fast heartbeat or tremors. You may need to check your blood sugar more closely.    

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Sotalol?

​If you need to take antacids (medications for indigestion) that contains aluminum or magnesium, take them 2 hours apart from taking Sotalol.

Sotalol - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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