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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Betapace
Betapace General Information [posted
Answer: Betapace is an antiarrthymic drug possessing both Class II and Class III activity. Like most of these drugs the benefits/risks depend a great deal on the type and severity of the arrthymia. Side effects of Betapace are fatigue, nausea, slow pulse and there do not appear to be any different long term side effects. Using these drugs is a very individual issue.
Answer: Betapace(sotalol) is a drug used to treat arrhythmias. It has both Class
II(beta adrenergic blocking) and Class III(cardiac action potential) activity. About 2% of
patients experience a change in mood or mental status while on this drug. About the only
way you will find out if it is the drug or some other problem is to stop the drug. This
should be done post-operatively after her colon surgery when she can be monitored to
ensure that she does not develop severe arrhtymias. If her confusion persists past 2 days
it probably is not the drug.
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