November 27, 2014
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Apo-Sotalol

(sotalol)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02167794 APO-SOTALOL 160MG TABLET
02210428 APO-SOTALOL 80MG TABLET

How does Apo-Sotalol work? What will it do for me?

Sotalol belongs to the classes of medications called antiarrhythmics and beta-blockers. It is used to treat certain types of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). It works by changing how electrical impulses affect the heart muscle and by helping the heart to beat more regularly.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Apo-Sotalol?

The recommended adult dose of sotalol ranges from 80 mg twice daily to 160 mg twice daily taken every 12 hours. Sotalol is best taken 1 to 2 hours before meals. The dose is usually started at the lower range and increased gradually according to your doctor's instructions until the best dose is determined.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Apo-Sotalol come in?

80 mg
Each blue, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, identified "APO-80" on one side and scored on the other, contains sotalol HCl 80 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dextrates, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, magnesium stearate, and methylcellulose.

160 mg
Each blue, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, identified "APO-160" on one side and scored on the other, contains sotalol HCl 160 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dextrates, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, magnesium stearate, and methylcellulose.

Who should NOT take Apo-Sotalol?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to sotalol or any ingredients of the medication
  • have a severely slow heart rate
  • have allergic rhinitis
  • have asthma or severe chronic obstructive respiratory diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis)
  • have long QT syndrome
  • have low potassium levels in the blood
  • have serious heart block (second- and third-degree AV block), unless a functioning pacemaker is present
  • have severe or uncontrolled congestive heart failure
  • have severe sinus node dysfunction
  • have sick sinus syndrome

Do not give this medication to people in cardiogenic shock.

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