Anyone getting palpitations on Bisoprolol?

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Am on 1.25mg Bisoprolol, since Feb this year. Had feeling of doom, anxiety, headaches and very itchy skin. But now I'm finding that l can't lie down at night without bad palpitations...136-140. Last might l was woken by them 3 times. In fact l hardly slept all might. Is this normal for this med? Anyone else expiriencing anything like this. Am now nervous of going to bed and am shattered. Also take Lostarten for high blood pressure which isn't bringing it down one iota. Do you think this could be one of the reasons for the palpitations? Be interested to know anyone's take on this. Thanks.

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    I'm surprised you have palpitations at 140.Thats at the top end of normal and nothing to panic about.Is the beat very uneven or just noticeably strong? Its strange if its the Bisporolol thats causing  your problem because that is the med I use when I do get an irregular heartbeat.  I took it all the time at first but I felt so wretchedly tired all the time the doc said I need only take one when i need it, which has worked very well. Go back to the doc and tell him the Lostarten isn't working and he may adjust the dose or change the med - there are quite a few to choose from and not all suit everybody.

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      Thanks to everyone who answered my post. I think l said that my blood pressure was 130-140 but apologies to all as l actually meant that number was my heart rate when the palps start, and even higher sometimes. My actual bp is usually around 167/82 or thereabouts. Has been higher. The Lostarten doesn't seem to be bringing it down but don't want to go on a higher dose as this one is bringing too many side effects, can't cope with any more. As you might gather l am an extremely nervous person, more so since been on these meds.

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      Christine, if someone reports that an ACE inhibitor plus a beta blocker are still not controlling the BP, I always ask if they have also tried a diuretic, because that's what it took for me to let the other drugs work, in fact the diuretic by itself seems to do most of the work.

      ?Of course should also ask about any other prescription drugs you're taking, and also dietary supplements.  130-140 pulse rate is getting up there for a resting rate, I start thinking about drugs when mine gets to just 100. 

      Of course when exercising its quite normal for pulse to go that high and higher - the reason I dislike the beta blockers is that they interfere with the pulse rate from escalating normally.

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      Hi

      No I'm not on diuretics just the Lostarten and the Bisoprolol. Go back to Drs this Thursday so will ask about them, thank you.

      Will try anything( well not anything!)to make this huge problem go away. Only last night l was woken twice with the horrible palpitations at 136 again. Drank cold water to ease it but an hour later it was off again. My heart doesn't seem to like me lying down! It makes me shake and go very cold too. So strange.

      Take care yourself.

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    Im bisoprolol the only side effect i think i have is having a hard time taking a deep breath but that started on the metoprolol so im not sure why i still have the problem. Coild just be all beta blockers with me.
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      Hi Samantha

      I agree, think all Betta blockers have this effect on some people whereas lots of others can sail through the medication and feel good. And good luck to them l say. Maybe you are like me and are so sensitive to any drug the least thing tips us over the balance.

      Thank you for your concern and input into my 'problem , take care.

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    The other this is both thos mess are for blood presure so why are you on both?
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    Hello christine20029....You have been on Bisprolol since Feb. which is some 9 months. That's a long time to suffer side effects from a medication you've been on for a while.If you'd only been on the medication for a week or so, then I'd say you must give it a chance to do its job. 136-40 isn't a big deal by any means. Depending on your age, here in Canada 140/80 or 90 is quite acceptable, but you didn't state your age. Also please keep in mind, that it isn't just the top number that matters, but the bottom number as well. The top number is referred to as the Systolic, while the bottom number is referred to as the Diastolic. 

    It isn't any wonder that you're now nervous when going to bed. Anxiety can cause all sorts of things. Be sure to get back to your doctor about this. 

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      Hi Mike

      Thanks for your reply. Actually the readings l gave in my previous post was for pulse rate, ok at 75 during the day ( with Bisoprolol) but xome the early hours it jerks me awake with readings of 136 and more.

      My blood pressure readings are way too high l know at 167/ 91 or even higher, taken different times during the day. Am on the Lostarten for that. Was taken off Canderstartin 2 weeks ago due to side effects of itchy skin, stuffed nose and shortness of breath. Still got very itchy skin but other symptoms have gone( fingers crossed) but now this new problem of waking in the early hours with extremely rapid heart rate. Am back at Drs on Thursday so will be telling her all this too, don't know what she can suggest as she seems stumped with me!

      Take care and thank you for the informative post.

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      Hi christine 20029...While we all mean well here on the forum & try to help each other sharing our experiences & suggestions, you are about to do the best thing...by seeing your doctor.

      Some people are having problems with Bisprolol, while others are having problems with Metropolol.

      Personally, I had a bad experience with Metropolol as well some 2 1/2 yrs ago. I was on a strong bp medication, then took 50mg Metropolol as well. Back then (the 2 1/2yrs ago) I was a patient of a young cocky know-it-all Dr.who thought nothing of doubling the bp medications when the numbers weren't within the normal range. After some reading on my part, it is not recommended to double the dose. If the usual dose isn't working, then doubling that dosage likely won't work either, & simply increases the side effects. Anyway, I was experiencing terrible terrible headaches while on the Metropolol, to the point where I thought my head was going to explode. Finally, I came off that drug.

      Yes, I was blaming the Metropolol because the other medication truly didn't bother me. Later came the Atenolol. I take 50mg/daily of Atenolol & don't have any problems!!! A Pharmacist friend of mine told me that medications ending with lol (just like the computer laugh) are Beta Blockers, but they can have different actions. Metropolol is fat soluable..whereas Atenolol is not. This can make a huge difference is how a person can feel. 

      If your GP is scratching her head wondering what's going on with you & she doesn't know for sure, they perhaps a referral to a specialist would be in order. I don't believe in playing around with something that's not their specialty. A guessing game only prolongs the problem. If you should see a cardiologist, then so be it. There's definitely something causing you to wake with palpitations. You're not only bothered by the palpitations, but your sleep is broken, therefore you're not as rested as you could be. Lack of sleep can cause all sorts of ailments as well.

      Again, you're doing the best thing by getting back to the doctor. Please let us know how you get on!

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      Thank you Mike. I agree, my Dr doesn't know what to do with me. I last saw a cardiologist last Jan when he put me on Bisoprolol then discharged me. Since then I've been back and forth to Drs trying to get myself back to the normal me. The experience you had with your drugs two and a half years ago wasn't good so am glad you have got sorted out properly now. What a difference it must make to you.

      I will let you know what happens when l see my Dr next week. Thank you for listening.

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      christine 20029..You're most welcome. The young know-it-all Dr. I had at the time I was taking Metropolol is no longer my Dr. I went back to my previous Dr. who was my physician for 30 years. Why did I leave in the first place? I moved about 1 1/2 hrs from him, & at the time it didn't make any sense to be travelling that far to see a Dr. That was the biggest mistake I ever made. Thankfully the previous Dr. took me back, & I'm so very appreciative that he did. I'm very relaxed going to him, awaiting my turn, & in his presence. I can discuss anything with him in a comfortable manner. I can't say any of these things about the young one. I'll tell you something else...a good friend of mine has the young Dr...she's been a patient of his for 5 years. It was just 6 months ago that he said to her.."ohhh you've not had a blood test". Imagine!..being his patient for nearly 5 years & not having a blood test done. Also, she has problems with bowel movements. He has prescribed this/that...then just put it down to the fact that she's one of those people with a certain bowel ailment...In other words, it is what it is. He never ever referred her for a colonoscopy!!!! I tell you this is the honest truth!!!!

      So, we must be advocates of our own health. If we don't like something, we must speak up..ask for a referral if necessary.

      If there's anything else I might offer that may be of help to you, just drop a line. 

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      Wow,

      Don't rate your young Dr if that's the way he works, you did the right thing going back to your previous Dr. Wish l had a decent one, not very often l get to see the same one every visit. Then l have to go through my reasons from scratch which tends to take up most of the 10 minute time schedule allocated. Will see how next Thursday pans out. Take care.

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      Yes your right jx.

      You'd think they would know from the computer data what my symptoms are before l got in the room?. Not so half the time unless l touch lucky and get the Dr l spoke to last time.

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      I live in the us. I have a regular doctor i see on a normal basis and then regular specialist. I never have to go to more then one unless i need a second opinion. Im sorry you habe to go through that. That sucks.
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      Samantha, some years ago I was going to a dermatologist regularly, and when I'd go in the office he still didn't know who I was, had not checked the records he was holding in his hand.  I put up with that.  Finally left him when he started yelling at me for not getting better.  I'm really down on most medical practitioners.  Overworked, rushed, sloppy, even if they try to do a good job, there's almost no way.  But the problems I've had trying to get help with arrhythmias, are the worst I've ever had. The guy I have now is very nice, he's well respected, he's willing to talk and run way over time, but other than keep my BP in check, no real help on the arrhythmias at all.

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