Doe's any one know how long Sotalol stays in body for, because taking it twice a day suggests it not long but don't know, Sotalol has been really good for me no A F since been on it and want to see how i get on if i stop it. Thanks
Sotalol staying in body: Doe's any one know... - AF Association
I was recently in hospital to take me off sotalol and they reckoned two to three days for it to be completely out of your system. I was on it for over 20 years with a very good quality of life. Now on bisoprolol which is slowing my heart rate down but I am having rythym problems. Too be honest I wish they had never taken me off the sotalol. Hopefully they will suggest something for me to take with the bisoprolol that deals with the rythym problems as my quality of life is not good at all just now.
I have been on a high dose of sotalol for 16 years and it has been great. No side affects except slowing me down a bit when hill walking. Having no had no AF for 3 years I suggested to cardiologist I could stop it but he said not to as that what was prevented the AF. Also I have had a couple of episodes recently (very disappoInted) but seem to be be back to normal now.
Very similar story to mine. I have had two ablations which didnt cure me but improved my symptoms. They kept me on sotalol after that and that was over 20 years ago. I go hill walking, cycling, fishing, holidays and so on. However I am severely restricted after coming off sotalol. Actually very angry at the cardiologist, she said I shouldn't have been on the sotalol for so long but that was contradictory to what another cardiologist told me. They want to give me another ablation as they've said the technology is better now but I've refused as it could make me worse and my life was fine on sotalol.
Hello higgy52: Originally, I was prescribed the standard 80mg 2xday, but had an afib that would not quit. After many hours, was admitted to ER, where I stayed overnight until it finally quit. The attending doctor raised my dosage to 120mg 2xday. Haven't had another afib in the 2 years since!
I worried 120mg seemed high, but my cardiologist says not; " if it ain't broke don't fix it!" I live alone and work hard; still no afib, it's bliss!
When my cardiologist switched / started me on Flecainide ( he never prescribed Sotalol that was another Dr. - cardiologists registrar ) he said stop taking Sotalol that day and start Flecainide the next day. So its potency must be very short - 80mg x 2.
After my third yearly consultation I queried using Flec. as a pip but he said why change something that works. Which I had to agree is working extremely well.
I had stopped Sotalol when I first went into AFIB after the first cardioversion , no problem appeared for many months - cant quite remember now as it was over 9 years ago.
But then Sotalol never stopped me from going into AFIB and was never a well tolerated drug in my system.
So if its working and no side affects I personally would not mess with the solution.
Since stopping statins and perindopril , side affects I thought were due to the calcium channel blocker / flecainide have disappeared also . In my case the drugs I was on pre AFIB with no apparent side affect with the introduction of AFIB medication caused them to be counter productive in my quality of life . There was no information that this can happen which makes it all the more worrying when it does.