Some general considerations for those taking this medicine include the following:
- Betapace 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.
- Betapace 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. Betapace 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.
The dose of Betapace 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 Betapace Dosage for more information.)