Side Effects Of Sotolol

Philip Says:

I had an A-fib episode in 2008 and was put on 120 MG of Sotolol taken twice a day (240 MG total daily consumption). Tested well with this drug during 4 day hospital stay and never seemed to have any side effects. Took Sotolol until 2014; then my EP said I no longer needed it if I avoided my A-fib trigger...spicey food. All went well until recently when I had a return episode (first in over 8 years) and was hospitalized and put back on the same dosage of Sotolol and have now been on it for 23 days. This time I am experiencing bad side effects: dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and overall weakness. Will these side effects dissipate over time? (They disappear every evening when my morning dosage wears off.) Cardiologist suggested I reduce dosage to 160 MG per day but I fear the A-fib will return. My resting heart rate is in the mid-50s. Any advice on dealing with these nasty side effects would be appreciated.

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Verwon Says:

Those can be side effects of this medication, according to FDA reports, but yes, they are usually transient and tend to go away once your body gets used to the medication, which may take 4 to 6 weeks.

If you have such awful side effects, it might be best to follow your cardiologist's instructions and lower the dose, for awhile, it can always be raised later, if needed.

How are you doing, now? Has there been any change?

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Philip Says:

Thanks for your reply and concern. Yesterday, being desperate, I reduced the dosage to 80 MG taken twice daily and I seem to notice some diminishment of the side effects today. I am far from feeling good yet but hopefully the improvement will continue. So far, no sign of a return of the A-fib. Your statement about the side effects being "transient and tend to disappear" gives me some hope. I will post update of my progress. Thanks.

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