Patients who have an irregular heartbeat may be prescribed Solatol tablets to take at home. This medication is taken on an empty stomach once or twice a day, depending on the type of tablets prescribed. The medication acts on the heart to keep it beating steadily.
Although this medication is meant to regulate the heart, some patients may have a more irregular heartbeat while on the medication. Patients should stay in the hospital for at least three days while on this medication so that doctors can monitor their heart rates for irregularities.
There are two forms of this medication–Betapace and Betapace AF. Only Betapace is approved for atrial fibrillation. These medications are not interchangeable; only use the type that has been prescribed for you.
Don’t suddenly stop taking this medication. Sudden withdrawal can cause heart attacks.