Don't Be Surprised to See More Orders for IV Sotalol

You may see orders for IV sotalol loading doses in some cases.

Atrial fib patients are often admitted for monitoring when starting this antiarrhythmic med. That’s because sotalol has a high risk of causing dangerous QT prolongation.

But giving a loading dose of IV sotalol can cut time in the hospital to less than a day, instead of 3 days with the tabs...since IV sotalol reaches full effect more quickly.

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