As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Betapace. However, unlike many other medications, Betapace can often cause life-threatening problems. For this reason, it should only be used if the potential benefits clearly outweigh the possibly dangerous side effects.
Some of the most common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Shortness of breath
- A slow heart rate
- A life-threatening irregular heart rhythm.
(Click Betapace Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Betapace can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Betapace Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Betapace if you have:
- Severe or prolonged diarrhea or vomiting
- Low electrolytes (such as low potassium levels)
- Long QT syndrome
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Chest pain (angina)
- Heart failure
- Sick sinus syndrome
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- An upcoming surgery
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Sotalol and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Sotalol and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Betapace Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)