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Betapace (Sotalol) and Bronchial spasms


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  • Betapace (Sotalol) and Bronchial spasms

    Hi everyone.

    I am on Betapace and have been since July 2003. I take 160 mgs twice a day, which has drastically reduced my PVC's and for the most part keeps my a-fib in check (I have 1-3 short lived bouts a year).

    However, whenever I get an upper respiratory infection, I develop bronchial spasms that last for a very long time. This is the second time in a year. The last time I was out of work for two weeks and felt really bad. This time I feel much better, I got over being sick several weeks ago, but I still need to cough a lot every day. I am not congested at all. Rather airway tightens up and I have this insatiable tickle in my chest. Sometimes it last for hours, other times the inhalers work and it goes away.

    The drug book tells me that Betapace/Sotalol can make one prone to bronchial issues. Has anyone else experienced this kind of thing on Betapace? Are there other drugs that work just as well keeping a-fib at bay and do not have this kind of side effect? I am about ready to go to the cardiologist and see what they have to offer. That generally means a hospital stay though and that would be a drag.

    Any advice.


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    Hey Leon,
    Betapace / Sotalol and Beatpace AF are used for two different conditions, but I saw no reference to bronchial problems with them. I got the below article from this site.

    What side effects can this medication cause?
    Although side effects from sotalol are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
    • dizziness
    • lightheadedness
    • excessive tiredness
    • headache
    • constipation
    • diarrhea
    • upset stomach
    • muscle aches
    If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
    • shortness of breath or wheezing
    • swelling of the feet and lower legs
    • chest pain

    As far as other drugs used for antiarrhythmic conditions, check out this site.
    Hope this is of some help my friend,


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