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Medicine For Betapace Allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
I went from 40 mg betapace (sotalol) 2x a day to 40mg at night. Will 40mg provide any real benefits since normal dose is 80 mg 2 daily?
Betapace (sotalol): Some patients are sensitive to Betapace (sotalol) and will get a therapeutic benefit. However, Betapace (sotalol) lasts 8-12 hours ...Read more
I have been on 40mg betapace (sotalol) 2x day for years. Zoloft for about 5 months. Up to 100mg. Any interactions? Dr. Says no pharmacy says maybe. Scared
Yes: Taking them together can increase the risk of changes in heartbeat and heart rhythm. I'd discuss your concerns with your physician. He knows your medical history. ...Read more
I am on betapace (sotalol) for a - tachycardia. Not very good at keeping BP controlled or spike in BP from anxiety. Switch b-blocker? I also take cozaar
Work on anxiety: Betapace=sotalol is used for arrythmias insead of BP. I suggest Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with with mindfulness training for the anxiety. There are beta blockers that are more effective for BP and can help with atrial tachycardia, but ultimately you should have this discussion with your cardiologist. Cozaar (losartan) max dose is 100mg daily, so this could be adjusted if you are on lower dose. ...Read more
Are betapace (sotalol) and Zoloft safe together? Always had normal qt interval. Betapace (sotalol) is 40 mg twice daily. Zoloft 100mg. I heard some ssri increase qt
Speak to your doctor:
The combination of Betapace (sotalol) and Zoloft can prolong Qt interval which increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia. The risk of an individual or combination of drugs is not predictable and depends on factors such as heart disease, electrolytes and drug dosage.
Consult your doctor about these medications. Do not stop or change your medications without speaking to your doctor. ...Read more
Take 25mg losartan at night but it doesn't last throughout day. Still have BP spikes. Why? Also on betapace (sotalol) 40 mg twice daily for atrial tachycardia.
BP control: Be aware that it is not unusual to be on 2-3 different blood pressure medicines to achieve a good BP control. 75% of North Americans with hypertension take 3 BP meds max dose! And low salt diet is crucial for BP control, so if you are following a low salt diet and still your BP is high, consult your physician to add a second agent (diuretics maybe?). ...Read more
Tried all ssris for anxietyand panic except luvox cr. Is it less activating? Side effects? Others increased my anxiety. I take betapace (sotalol) & cozaar
CBT psychotherapy: Try CBT. The C will help your thinking and understanding - the B means guided Behavioral practice and it is critical. The T means therapy. After a course of treatment, your therapist might think that you've advanced enough to try it on your own and just return for boosters if needed. These are real skills to acquire. Try it for real. It may lower your need for meds. ...Read more
On 100mg Zoloft for 3weeks. Betapace (sotalol) 40mg 2x daily for 5 years. Qtc on EKG is 441. Cardio and EP doc say its normal. Am I safe? Repeat EKG when?
6months: I like to check every 6 months if taking sotalol chronically. ...Read more
Does Lexapro (escitalopram) prolong qt only in high doses? I take very low dose betapace and wanted to try Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety/depression. Tried other ssris.
3rd try: Please have an EKG done on the combination to determine FOR YOU if your QT is prolonged. We're all different. One person won't have QT prolongation and another will on the same dose of medications. Really. Please believe me. ...Read more
Can I Drink alcohol in moderation while on losartan and betapace (sotalol)? Someone said it can bottom out BP. True? Also take Zoloft
Best ssri for panic and anxiety? Take betapace. Cymbalta (duloxetine) too activating. Tried12.5 zoloft. Dizzy after 1 dose. Cleanest ssri?
Best SSRI 4 anxiety?: I'm sorry you've been struggling to find the right med to treat ur panic d/o. SSRIs are 'first line' (1st choice) for anxiety disorders, including panic d/o. There truly is no one best SSRI, tho. Keep working with your doc, who can help select the next best choice for you, based on your hx & history of responses thus far. Don't give up on the therapy. Best results r found thru meds & therapy :) ...Read more
Is 200mg of COq 10 safe and effective for lowering blood pressure? Current meds are Zoloft losartan betapace and nexium (esomeprazole). Any interactions?
There are two forms: Of CoQ10. Neither has been regulated by the FDA. (One form appears to have more antioxidant properties). Several conditions have been associated with low CoQ10 levels including HTN, heart failure, certain cancers, gingivitis, gastric ulcers, etc. Currently there has not been a consensus arrived at as to the BP lowering effects (due to lack of controlled studies). May affect Zoloft (sertraline) level a bit. ...Read more
What type of antidepressant is remeron? Is it good for anxiety old and panic? Will it interact with betapace (sotalol) and cozaar? Side effects?
Tricyclic: Remeron (mirtazapine) is not intended to treat anxiety/panic - in fact that is a possible side effect. There are many (very common w/ psychoactive meds) side effects possible - so keep your provider informed of your reactions. Yes, it does interact w/ both and possibly lowers blood pressure. So, keep close watch and make accurate reports. Best wishes! ...Read more
Is it safe to consume alcohol in moderation while taking 37.5 mg losartan and 40 mg betapace (sotalol)? I don't want to cause low blood pressure. BP 137/85
Magnesium level is 1.6. Take Zoloft losartan betapace and nexium (esomeprazole).No kidney issues. Dr prescribed 400mg magnesium oxide. Interactions with meds?
What do you suggest if my husband has just been diagnosed with a-fib & high heart beat & taking betapace, zorcor, digoxin, coumadin (warfarin).?
Complex question: This is a pretty tough question for a simple answer without knowing a bunch more details. He really needs a good cardiologist to look him over carefully. I suspect if he has such a complex history he already has a decent cardiologist ...Read more
My husband has just been diagnosed with a-fib & high heart beat & taking betapace, zorcor, digoxin, coumadin (warfarin). How serious is all of this?
Variable: Your husband ought to see a reputable, good cardiologist. Digoxin is an old drug, that typically is not used today -- "to dig or not to dig" article by Milton Packer, MD. So I am surprised that was started. Many other drugs to treat AF nowadays and even put patient back in normal rhythm. See an electrophysiologist and get an opinion for rhythm vs. Rate control. CHADs-Vasc score important ...Read more
Taking betapace (sotalol). Would a different betablocker be better in controlling spikes in heart rate and blood pressure from anxiety attacks? Tremors too?
So tall Betapace (sotalol) sx: Talk to your cardiologist. Betapace or sotalol is one option of many antiarrthymic medications. ...Read more
Why do you take betapace, xocor, digoxin, and Coumadin (warfarin) with atrial fibrillation and sinus tachycardia?
Prevent stroke: Actually atrial fibrillation and sinus tachycardia are two completely different heart rhythms. None of these drugs would be of any use for sinus tachycardia. In atrial fibrillation, Betapace may restore a normal rhythm. Digoxin can help keep the heart rate down. Coumadin (warfarin) reduces the risk of stroke. Zocor also reduces stroke risk in some patients, but this is unrelated to the atrial fib. ...Read more
Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment of a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more
Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more