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  • Betapace/ Betapace-AF

    A question...

    I was just reading about Betapace and Betapace-AF...they do two different things- Betapace is taken for V-tach and Betapace-AF is taken for A-fib or A-flutter. If someone is currently taking, for instance, atenolol and had to put be on the Betapace-AF, would most likely you be taken off the atenolol? I'm assuming they are both beta blockers
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: Betapace/ Betapace-AF

    That's what I thought, I'm now on Betapace (Sotalol) why do I need a Beta Blocker (Toporal XL)? Both my Cardiologist and EP said that I need to continue taking the Toporal XL with the Sotalol because they control different heart functions or as in my case malfunctions. These two together is a whole lot better than the Amiodarone/Toporal combo I was on

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      Re: Betapace/ Betapace-AF

      betapace is not a pure beta-blocker. think of it as a beta-blocker on steroids. it is much stronger than a regular beta-blocker and has anti-arrhythmic properties, which is why it is in a "heavier" class of drugs than bbs.

      see intellihealth.com or mayoclinic.com for drug databases.

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        Re: Betapace/ Betapace-AF

        When I was on Sotalol and Toprol XL, it was indeed to control different heart "mis"functions. The Sotalol (Betapace) is an anti-arrythmic and Toprol XL (Beta-blocker) is to help reduce the how hard your heart has to work.

        It worked for me for almost two years. Sometimes medications need to be changed and/or adjusted to meet individual needs. Hope this helps.

        Dorothy
        Dorothy

        Diagnosed 1996, Myectomy Aug. 2000, 3 Radio-frequency ablations for a-fibs 2003-2005.

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