RE: [FH] question on sotolol dosing
- Hi Carol,
I found this information about the drug, and it says to take it on an empty stomach.
But I found this site that said it can cause stomach upset. You have to scroll down to the drug name you're looking for.
A lot of what I found was mostly about giving it to dogs, and that they should be monitored closely while on it, especially if taking other heart medications. This one is a beta blocker that's supposed to regulate the heart beat. It sounds like a pretty heavy-duty drug. It's got a lot of precautions that go along with it. This is from the first link above.
Are There Conditions or Times When Its Use Might Cause More Harm Than Good?
Â Sotalol should be used carefully, if at all, in animals with heart failure.
Â Sotalol should not be used if your animal has a very slow heartbeat, asthma or other lung diseases.
Â Sotalol is removed from the body by the kidneys and should be used carefully in patients with kidney disease.
Â Sotalol can mask the signs of low blood sugar. It should be used very carefully in pets with diabetes. If
your diabetic pet receives sotalol, your veterinarian should tell you exactly what to watch for to make sure that it is not getting dangerously low blood sugar levels.
Â Sotalol may also mask the signs of an overactive thyroid and should be used carefully, if at all, in patients
with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).
Â Several drugs will affect or be affected by sotalol. You should tell your veterinarian about any medications
that you are giving your pet.
Â If your animal has any of the above conditions, talk to your veterinarian about the potential risks of using
the medication versus the benefits that it might have.
What Side Effects Can Be Seen With Its Use?
Â Sotalol usually does not have many side effects when used properly.
Â Some animals may develop a very slow heartbeat, become more tired and have lower blood pressure
Â Rarely, animals may have difficulty breathing or vomit when taking this medication.
Carol and Snowball and the gang
>>For anyone who has used sotolol - how did you give it???
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