What is Sorine
Sorine (sotalol hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that related to a class of medications called antiarrhythmics. It is beneficial in the treatment of various irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Other forms of sotalol (such as Betapace AF) are used to treat atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, Sorine is not prescribed for such uses.
Side effects of Sorine
Sorine can cause the following side effects:
- excessive tiredness
- upset stomach
- muscle aches
- shortness of breath or wheezing
- swelling of the feet and lower legs
- chest pain
Sorine is intended to treat irregular heartbeats. It works by acting on the heart muscle to improve the heart's rhythm.
It is not recommended to use this medication if you have:
- Severe or prolonged diarrheaor 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
- Are breastfeeding, pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are taking any other medications, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements
Dose of Sorine for treating Arrhythmias
Your kidney function must be measured using a simple blood test before you start taking the drug, as the kidneys remove sotalol from the body. Your doctor will use your kidney function as a guide to determining your starting dosage. He or she may increase this amount every three days, if necessary, until an optimal level is reached.
Most adults end up taking 240-320 mg total per day (for ventricular arrhythmias) or 80-160 mg total per day (foratrial fibrillation or atrial flutter), although some people may require much higher dosages.