7 years of Bisoprolol

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7 years ago I was diagnosed with Afib and Heart Failure and put on 10mg Bisoprolol and Warfarin, amongst others. I also had a pacemaker fitted as my heart rate went too slow. When I left hospital I was finding it difficult to get about but eventually things settled down. However, the last 2 years I have felt totally wiped out and struggle to get about due to being breathless, stairs are a killer. Once I sit down I recover normal breathing in about 2 minutes. I am wondering whether this is down to the Bisoprolol even after taking it for 7 years. It is making me anxious which doesn't help the symptoms.

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    Are they keeping a check on your heart?   I,m taking Bisoprolol 1.25 and i have noticed i get out of breath easily,it feels like cotton wool in my lungs, i,ve got svt and palpitations, i had a major attack which i was admitted to hospital for in Feb.  You ought to ask your Gp to refer you to the heart specialist.  
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      I was under the heart failure clinic for 6 months when I was discharged from hospital but they were happy with my progress so discharged me. Since then I have to be honest and say that I haven't been back to GP although I do have regular blood tests through the diabetes Clinic. I have put up with the breathlessness as I just thought it was part of my condition but it has gotten worse recently and since I came upon this site I have realised it could be the pills. I do not get any pain but it has completely taken over my life. I will be visiting my GP soon but wanted to go armed with information.

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    I was on Bisoprolol at 2,5 mg per day. This was for SVT.  I went for an ablation last June but it was unsuccessful.  I refused to start back on the Biso. REFUSED.

    Only taking 2.5 mg a day made me seel like a slug. Absolutely no energy. Could not live like that.  Just a complete zombie

    My blood pressure was so low too

    I honestly could not imagine what it would be like to take 10 mg.

    Please see your doctor. You need this to be evaluated.


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    This is how I felt having been on Bisoprolol for ten years for heart failure following complications after pregnancy which caused a heart attack.  I increasingly felt that, although I had the strength to do what I had to do, I had no strength left to do the things I wanted to do.  I literally felt much older than my years, as though I was slowly dying, day by day, which I put down to living with a damaged heart.  Things came to a head last year when I was having severe dizzy spells.  After lots of scans and tests I was given a 24 hour ecg tape which showed my resting heart rate was dropping as low as 25bpm.  I was very lucky not to have died in my sleep (I am only 49!)  I was immediately taken off this drug and my symptoms improved virtually straight away.  Now a year on and I feel ten years younger, I have lots more energy, feel really well and have managed to lose 4 stone in weight.  This drug may be a huge help to some but I know that, for me, they were slowly killing me and there is nothing which could persuade me to ever take them again.  Get them to do a 24 hour tape, just in case, good luck.
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    I have afib, diagnosed since 2003, and although GP said I had heart failure my cardiac consultant said GP was mistaken and that I had "diastolic dysfunction".

    Only mention that in case it might apply to you.

    Anyway I also have a PM since 2013 (because of long "Pauses"wink set at 70 rather than 60 which is to assist reduce effects of AF which it does.  

    As for Bisop am on 1.25mg 3 times a day. Also Warfarin and Digoxin to control heart rate. And since May last year Furosemide (water tablets). These were added because I was becoming breathless and since taking them the breathlessness has gone. 

    Been for echocardiogram today and heart same as last check 2 years ago,

    If the cardio consultants passed you back to GP suggest you go to GP and seek/demand a referral or if really urgent go to A&E (hopefully they have a good cardiokogy department)

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